Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Thompsons in:
 • LaGuardo Cemetery
 • Laguardo
 • Wilson County
 • Tennessee
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
James Alexander "Uncle Jimmie" Thompson
Birth: 1848
Putnam County
Tennessee, USA
Death: 1931

Musician. Born in Baxter Tennessee, he was an old-time fiddle player and a pioneer of country music. In 1907, he gained regional fame as a fiddler when he won an eight-day fiddle contest in Dallas, Texas. He spent the next several years traveling around the south, performing at various fairs and other gatherings. In 1925, WSM was established as the first radio station in Nashville that could reach a regional audience. The station's first show format was called the WSM Barn Dance airing on November 28, 1925, with Thompson playing violin and taking requests from listeners. Phone calls and telegrams immediately began pouring into the station and his follow-up performances on WSM in subsequent weeks made him an instant celebrity. Thompson continued making appearances on the Barn Dance show and the program was forever renamed the Grand Ole Opry in 1927, He also recorded for Columbia Records with hits to include Billy Wilson", "Karo", "Flying Clouds" and "Leather Britches". He died of pneumonia at his home in Laguardo, Tennessee. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
LaGuardo Cemetery
Wilson County
Tennessee, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 36.29493, -86.44455
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 15, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 10976
James Alexander Uncle Jimmie Thompson
Added by: Ron Moody
James Alexander Uncle Jimmie Thompson
Added by: Randy McCoy
James Alexander Uncle Jimmie Thompson
Added by: Randy McCoy
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

On the official 89th birthday of the Grand ole Opry, we remember you and your contributions to it.
 Added: Nov. 28, 2014

- C.H. Jackson / K. J. Jackson
 Added: Sep. 14, 2012

- Lisa (Musselwhite - Urban) Hudson
 Added: Jul. 4, 2012
There are 32 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.3 after 26 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service