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Hamilton, Toronto ON, Canada (1949 – 1983)

Stanley Allison ‘Stan’ Rogers (November 29, 1949 – June 2, 1983) was a Canadian folk musician and songwriter.

Stan Rogers was noted for his rich, baritone voice and his finely-crafted, traditional-sounding songs which were frequently inspired by Canadian history and the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the Canadian prairies and Great Lakes. Rogers died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on the ground at the Greater Cincinnati Airport at the age of 33. His influence on Canadian folk music has been deep and lasting.

Rogers was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the eldest son of Nathan Allison “Al” Rogers and Valerie Rogers (née Bushell), two Maritimers who had relocated to Ontario in 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 western tunes 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.

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  • salagadam

    i heard about him while watching aircrash investigation on discovery channel, as they said he is a hero and he died while trying to save other people. i just met with his music and all i can say rest in peace big men!

    13 Mar 12:46pm Reply
  • headey1p

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • the_strand

    I always knew Barrett's Privateers but recently started listening to his other stuff. Impressive.

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • smycooper

    Found out about Stan Rogers because he was mentioned in an online (reddit) Q&A session with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. What a cool way to discover some awesome new music.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • UPRC

    Stan Rogers. The King of Nova Scotia. FOREVER.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • immorak

    Barrett's Privateers plays in every Nova Scotian bar!

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • KK-Warslut

    RISE AGAIN

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • beerfanboy

    A small town Kansas boy who loves Stan Rogers. God bless the internet.

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Spog_Zallagi

    Amazing.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • drainagerelated

    A Treasure!

    4 Dec 2010 Reply
  • dong-dwiegi

    Stan has been a favourite of mine since University and beyond. though I never had the opportunity to see him play, I have seen his brother Garnet twice. It's nice to see the legacy live on within the family.

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • laerwen

    Lock-Keeper is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I only discovered Stan a few years ago and immediately wondered where his music had been all my life. Heartbroken he's not here to see his legacy, but relieved that he left his gifts of song for us to enjoy. One of the greatest!

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • tgicountryboy

    one of the greatest folk singers i ever heard; a true poet. i'm glad i found stan rogers.

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • MathWizard998

    Definitely one of the greatest musicians I have ever been lucky enough to listen to.

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Skallagrimsson

    If you love Stan's music, make sure to check out his son's work. http://www.nathanrogers.ca/home.html He has a wonderful voice, just like his dad.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • truesaintee

    Nothing I love more than listening to my dad singing stan rogers, beautiful songs, happy memories :)

    1 Jul 2009 Reply
  • montanaman11

    Like Jim Croce he was Robbed of his Potential Future..Love his Music and is missed Dearly

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Vibbly

    the greatest man to ever live, with the possible exceptions of Mr. Chi City and Ben Franklin

    3 Feb 2009 Reply
  • themoogle

    One of the best vocalists from Canada in my opinion.

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Vibbly

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Canada_Flight_797 electrical fire

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
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