Jimmie Rodgers, well-known rock 'n' roll star has passed away aged 87.
His daughter, Michele Rodgers, broke the news via Facebook, saying,
"It's with the heaviest of hearts I'm posting to let you know that our Dad (Jimmie Rodgers) passed away last night.
He was my 1st great love, my best friend & now my greatest loss.
Thank you for all the love & support you've shown him through the years. It was never lost on him or us.
God's speed Dad. Your finally home. Well done.
"Wish I could see the Angels' faces, when they hear your sweet voice sing". ❤️🙏"
The cause of death was not revealed.
Washington-born Rodgers started out learning to play the piano and guitar as a little boy. After one year of junior college, he joined the US Air Force. His official biography notes that he was stationed in Korea in 1952, supporting the front lines during the Korean War. He also joined a band in the military called the Melodies.
Once transferred to the Seward Air Force Base in Tennessee, he sang in local clubs at night to earn extra income. There, he first learned the song 'Honeycomb', a 1954 hit written by Bob Merrill.
He officially released the song in 1957 and it was an instant hit, reaching No.1 and ultimately became his theme song. Rodgers also went on to earn another four Top 10 tracks, including 'Kisses Sweeter Than Wine', and 'Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again'.
Rest in peace, Jimmie.