Infobox musical artist
Name = Stan Rogers
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Stanley Allison Rogers
Born = birth date|1949|11|29|mf=y Hamilton,
Died = death date|1983|6|2|mf=y (age 33 on
Air Canada Flight 797) Hebron, Kentucky, United States
Genre = Folk
Years_active = 1970–1983
Label = RCA, Fogarty's Cove
URL = [http://www.stanrogers.net stanrogers.net]
Stanley Allison "Stan" Rogers (
November 29, 1949– June 2, 1983) was a Canadian folk musician and songwriter.
Rogers was noted for his rich,
baritonevoice and his finely-crafted, traditional-sounding songs which were frequently inspired by Canadian historyand the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provincesand, later, the farms of the Canadian prairiesand Great Lakes. Rogers died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797on the ground at the Greater Cincinnati Airport at the age of 33. His influence on Canadian folk music has been deep and lasting.
Early life and musical development
Rogers was born in Hamilton,
Ontario, the eldest son of Nathan Allison "Al" Rogers and Valerie Rogers (née Bushell), two Maritimerswho had relocated to Ontarioin search of work shortly after their marriage in July 1948. Although Rogers was raised in Dundas near Hamilton, he often spent summers visiting family in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. It was there that he became familiar with the way of life in the Maritimes, an influence which was to have a profound impact on his subsequent musical development. He was interested in music from an early age, reportedly beginning to sing shortly after learning to speak. He received his first guitar, hand-built by his uncle Lee Bushell, when he was only five years of age. He was exposed to a variety of music influences, but among the most lasting were the country and westerntunes his uncles would sing during family get-togethers. Throughout his childhood, he would practice his singing and playing along with his younger brother Garnet Rogers, six years his junior.
By the time that Rogers was attending
Saltfleet High Schoolin Stoney Creek, he started to meet other young people interested in folk music, although at this time he was also dabbling in rock and roll, singing and playing Bass guitarin garage bandssuch as "Stanley and the Living Stones," and "The Hobbits."
As a young man, Rogers briefly attended both
McMaster Universityand Trent University.
Rogers' songs often had a Celtic feel which was due, in part, to his frequent use of
DADGADguitar tuning. His best known pieces include "Northwest Passage," " Barrett's Privateers," " The Mary Ellen Carter," " Make and Break Harbour," "The Idiot," " The Field Behind the Plow," "Lies ," " Fogarty's Cove," "White Squall" and " Forty-Five Years."
Some of his songs were in the style of
sea shanties, though his brother Garnet once remarked that he would "get seasick crossing a wet lawn."
Rogers died of
smoke inhalationJune 2, 1983 while travelling on Air Canada Flight 797. The airliner was flying from Dallas, Texasto Torontoand Montrealwhen an in-flight fire forced it to make an emergency landingat the Greater Cincinnati Airport. It was rumored, though not confirmed, that Rogers survived and escaped the crash, only to perish after returning to save those still trapped inside. Stan Rogers was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Rogers' legacy includes his recordings, songbook, and plays for which he was commissioned to write music. His songs are still frequently covered by other musicians, and are perennial favourites at Canadian
campfiresand song circles. Members of Rogers' band, including his brother Garnet Rogers, continue to be active performers and form a significant part of the fabric of contemporary Canadian folk music. Following his death he was nominated for the 1984 Juno Awardin the category for " Best Male Vocalist." In 1993 his posthumous album " Home In Halifax" was likewise nominated for "Best Roots and Traditional Album."
Ariel Rogers, continues to oversee his legacy. His music and lyrics have been featured in numerous written publications and films. For instance, his lyrics have appeared in school poetry books, taking their place alongside acknowledged classics. His song "Northwest Passage" was featured in the last episode of the TV show " Due South", his songs " Barrett's Privateers" and " Watching The Apples Grow" having been previously featured. In the 2005 CTV made-for-TV movieon the life of Terry Fox, Rogers' "Turnaround" is the music over the closing shot. As the movie ends, Fox is depicted, alone, striding up a hill, while the lyric "And yours was the open road. The bitter song / The heavy load that I'll never share, tho' the offer's still there / Every time you turn around," forges a link between these Canadian icons. Many of his songs on the albums Northwest Passage and From Fresh Waterrefer to events in Canadian history. Adrienne Clarkson, who, prior to serving as the Governor General of Canadafrom 1999–2005, had worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, highlighted Rogers' career in a 1989 television documentarywhen she introduced the show called " One Warm Line" on CBC television; she also quoted Rogers in her investiturialaddress.
Peter Gzowskiasked Canadians to pick an alternate national anthem, Northwest Passage was the overwhelming choice.
Stan Rogers Folk Festivalis held every year in Canso, Nova Scotia. In 1995, several artists performed two nights of concerts at Halifax's Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, which were released on album that year as " Remembering Stan Rogers".
One of Stan's sons,
Nathan Rogers, is also an established Canadian folk artist with a voice similar to his father's.
History and discography
Rogers was signed to
RCA Recordsfor a short period of time in the 1970s, when he wrote and recorded some of his own material. This period resulted in five singles, " Here's to You Santa Claus" in 1970, " The Fat Girl Rag" in 1971, and " Three Pennies", " Guysborough Train" and " Past Fifty" in 1973.
In 1976, Rogers formed
Fogarty's Cove Music, a label on which he released his first four albums. Posthumously, another four albums have been released. An album on the Folk Tradition label was released shortly after his death:
Fogarty's Cove" (1976)
Between the Breaks ... Live!" (1979)
*"Northwest Passage" (1981)
For the Family" (1983, on Folk Tradition, posthumous. In liner notes, brother Garnet Rogersmentions "We lost Stan last week...")
From Fresh Water" (1984, posthumous)
Home in Halifax" (1993, posthumous)
*"Poetic Justice" (1996, posthumous)
From Coffee House to Concert Hall" (1999, posthumous)
*cite book | title = Stan Rogers: Northwest Passage| author = Gudgeon, Chris | year = 2004 | publisher = Fox Music Books | id = ISBN 1-894997-01-8
*cite book | title = Songs from Fogarty's Cove| author = Rogers, Stan | year = 1982 | publisher = OFC publications | id = ISBN 0-919141-01-3
* Obituary, "Stan Rogers, Folk Musician; In Fire Aboard DC9; At 33". "
Boston Globe", June 5, 1983, page 1.
* [http://www.stanrogers.net The official stanrogers.net website including photos, reminiscences, CDs and merchandise]
* [http://www.stanfest.com The Stan Rogers Folk Festival]
* [http://radio.upei.ca/stanfest Stanfest Coverage by Radio@UPEI]
* [http://www.geist.com/stanrogers/index.php Stan Rogers for Hall of Fame]
* [http://www.northernjourney.com/cdnfolk/book/artist/rogers.stan.html Northern Journey entry for Stan Rogers]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10511652 Stan Rogers] at
Find A Grave
* [http://www.canadianencyclopedia.ca/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=U1ARTU0003013 Stan Rogers] at
The Canadian Encyclopedia
NAME=Rogers, Stanley Allison
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Rogers, Stan
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Folk singer
DATE OF BIRTH=
November 29, 1949
PLACE OF BIRTH=Hamilton,
DATE OF DEATH=
June 2, 1983
PLACE OF DEATH=Hebron,
Kentucky, United States
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