Alaska's Hugely Popular Balladeer, Hobo Jim, Dies Of Cancer

Hobo Jim, the guitar-strumming, cowboy hat-wearing country crooner has died.  Alaska's Balladeer died on October 8th, 2021, only two wee...



Hobo Jim, the guitar-strumming, cowboy hat-wearing country crooner has died. 

Alaska's Balladeer died on October 8th, 2021, only two weeks after he announced he had terminal cancer. 

Hobo Jim was born Jim Varsos, into a Greek-American family in Madison, Wisconsin in 1952. Like many restless young men at the time, he hitched his way across America. He arrived in Nashville, where he worked as a country musician. He had some success there, helping to write a George Jones-recorded song called "The Rock." 

Eventually, in 1972, he arrived in Soldotna, and became well known for his popular performances throughout the state. His most famous Alaskan song was the "Iditarod Trail Song" with its well known chorus:

"I did, I did, I did the Iditarod Trail!" 

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