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Stan Rogers

Stan Rogers came from Hamilton, Ontario, a six-foot-four poet who started out as a rock bassist before turning to folk music. With his rich voice, he used his music to call to life all of the wonder and mysticism of his native Canada. His singing was occasionally mistaken for that of Gordon Lightfoot, but it was huskier and earthier than Lightfoot's, and his repertoire -- made up of song cycles drawn from throughout Canada -- was also more tradition-oriented and more mystical. Rogers died in a fire aboard an Air Canada flight in Cincinnati, Ohio in June 1983, leaving behind a half-dozen albums. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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Stan Rogers was one of those guys who brought out my inner proselytizer . After I first heard him, i began annoying my friends about him: Hey, have you heard this guy? Check this guy out! He writes and sings real stories about real people! And that wonderful voice! And then we lost him. While I am sorry that his body of work was not larger, I am happy for what we have.
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Love this song!
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LOVE THIS MAN!!!
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So many memories...I can see Stan and his expressions and gestures on songs like "Barrett's Privateers". Recorded with a chorus of friends, listen carefully for the anguished higher harmony on the ends of some lines in the chorus ("Shed no TEARS"): that is Stan's brother and bandmate Garnet Rogers, who has had a successful solo career since Stan died. Garnett has a deep, beautiful baritone but also harmonized perfectly with Stan. Oh, it breaks my heart!
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ajjr19970
Me and my cat love this awesome artist.
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prigge0
My absolute favorite song of his is Lies. Once cried while listening. You're sadly missed, Stan.
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Oh how I wish I could have seen him.
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kenj27
My wife and I would go between Stan Rogers and Steve Goodman at the Mariposa Folk Festivals in Toranto in the mid 70's. Yes, we were in folk music heaven! When you walk into the Canada building at Epcot you immediately hear Stan's voice as he IS the voice of that great country.
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Fortunate enough to see Stan Rogers live, many years ago- brilliant performer and writer whose songs continue to affect me still.
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alberton.dmc
I also love this fine man with the stirring rugged voice. ROVI does well usually, but foodpro6 is absolutely right. Maybe we can all add something to this?
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If God has a voice, he gave to Stan Rogers.
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foodpro6
I'm usually so impressed by ROVI. This assessment is so shallow and totally misses how amazing Stan rogers was as a musician and song writer. Hid scope from traditional like Harris and the Mare to contemporary styles like Night Watch and dozens more. I feel he was a rarity on the order of Fred Neil and other unique gifted artists. This biography makes me sad and needs to be rewritten. It's a pathetic attempt by someone that simply didn't get it. Stan Rogers was an amazing vocalist.... . t r y
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tristanellio t t 8 6
I've enjoyed every song I've heard from Stan. Such an amazing voice, I wish he was still alive to make beautiful music.
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Amazing singer... And an amazing man... R.I.P Stan Rogers
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Stan was a mighty songwriter and singer. His younger brother, Garnet, is equally brilliant but Stan had a way of dipping into the subtler deeper darker corners of the heart. This is one of my absolute favorites of Stan's ... maybe second only to The Lock Keeper. His was such a terrible and tragic loss.
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very good
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My favorite
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That voice just embodied the full range of human emotions. So sad that Stan barely had time to scratch the surface of his immense talent. The world lost a great storyteller and musician back in '83. The song "Field Behind the Plow" is one of the most poignant lyrics ever, never fails to bring a quiver to my lips. Check out "Home in Halifax" if your exploring his body of work, and enjoy....... . . . .
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winifrednorw o o d
I dream that I hear a trio in Heaven. Their name is Makem, Rogers, and Clancy. Oh, it truly would be Heaven. The earth shall remain a much saddened place for their passing!
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What an incredible talent. Taken too soon, but Heaven has another angelic voice in it's choir.
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You are immortal stan, and will always rise again, just like your Mary Ellen Carter
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purohit2
@satelite_ja c k HAHA
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satelite_jac k
I want to sit on Hallifax pier with a cardboard sign that says "I was told wrong"
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shantteyman
Stan Rogers IS Canada for me. He wrote so many iconic songs about the Maritimes, he was only the third person I've heard put what the experience of being at sea is like into song. The Jeannie C is a special favorite of mine, and he did the best version of the old forebitter Old Maui I've ever heard. You're greatly missed , Stanley !
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He has an amazing voice.
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He was a brilliant musician. Classic!
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krob.stacy
He never died! He just found a distant campfire to sing around.
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smith.joseph 8 5 . j s
Following Stan's death, singer songwriter Eric bogle wrote a tribute song to him. Eric described Stan as a man who's heart was always at sea dreaming of ventures in what he described as Canada's great frontier. The song Bogle wrote is called "safe in the harbor" And just as that song says Stan Rogers is safe in the harbor at last.
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That's really depressing.
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I had the great pleasure of seeing Stan and his band several times at The Folkway in Peterborough , NH. Of all the folk artists we went to see there, Stan is the only one who has stayed in my listening playlist. He was an enormous presence in life, and in music.
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alofgren42
Before I heard Stan Rogers I listened to Gordon Bok from Camden, Maine (Timberhead Recording) www.gordonbo k . c o m Both great singers of the Maritime experience.
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da.domino
HIs lyrics tell the stories of working men, explore history, and define what it means to be human in this world. Timeless themes to be sure.
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i still miss his presence in this world
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rodso64
I dedicated a line in one of my own songs to this guy. If I had a time machine... this guy would've missed his plane.
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perkpk
There is no doubt that Stan Rogers was a brilliant songwriter and amazing singer. I never met Stan, but his brother, Garnet, is a good friend. If like Stan, please listen to Garnet's work, too. Garnet's writing has a sensitivity that's rare and almost magical, and his voice will turn you inside out. The man has more talent than any other...
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To all of Stan's family I love Stan like a brother because of what a great man he was both in life because of the beautiful music that came from the heart. His ability and god given talent that he had to tell a story, a gift to the world that will last forever, one only has to open their ears and listen to his wonderful music he left for all to hear. Years ago when I was much younger I heard a song on the radio called White Squall, it moved me so much I named my charter boat after it.
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bhughes914
I remember when I first heard of Stan Rogers' death in the plane fire. He had made it out of the plane, but when he realized others were still trapped, went back to save them, but was overcome by smoke and never got out. The tragedy was especially cruel since he was building a solid and loyal following in the states, and was getting wide recognition as the talented and gifted folk singer. His songs are as refreshing and poignant today as they were 31 years ago.
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The bio could have mentioned that while the plane was burning, he tried to rescue fellow passengers.
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furykat
Stan Rogers created the perfect blend of beautiful vocal harmony, moving lyrics, and beautiful acoustic guitar lines. His sound is genuine and honest not only for the first time it is heard, but every time. Songs ranging from jolly and lively, like Watching the Apples Grow, to slow and true and breathtaking l y stunning like Northwest Passage. Thank you, sir, for reminding everyone that no matter how terrible life seems, all one has to do is Take it From Day to Day and Rise Again. Thanks Pandora.
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The first time we saw Stan Rogers was at the Kerrville Folk Festival. He moved my wife and I as no other artist did that night or few since. It was one of those moments you never forget. Little did we know that he would perish the following day in the air plane fire. If we only had a time machine and could change history. That would be one of the first. We loved his music then and now.
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foodiesweare
Went to school with Stan's son. He actually lived in Dundas, Ontario. Not Hamilton. His wife used to come into our school and play the autoharp.
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dmguay
We first saw Stan Rogers along with brother Garnet and David Alan Eadie at Change of Pace in London, Ontario. We were hooked and saw him many times after that including performances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. More than twenty five years after his death, his albums are still our favorites.
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riva.flexer
Met him, saw him perform numerous times, miss his insight into what makes Canada. A singer-songw r i t e r of the twentieth century, he has ehelped to define Canada musically.
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I, too,wish I had known Stan long ago. As one gets older, fewer people can carry the burden and title of being 'a good friend.'
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libtom
He'd been gone for 10 years before I heard his music. That being said, his wife was absolutely correct when she said that once you hear his music, it gets into your soul. It sounds corny, but Stan's songs mean a great deal to me. I feel like I did know him a bit.
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mandrhome
I grew up with his music back in Newfoundland . Very fond family memories!
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brynjie
I saw him at McCabe's in Santa Monica the weekend before he died. His death hit me like that of an old friend. I'm glad that my kids play and sing his music.
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lilguy1
There is no way anyone could confuse this artist with Gordon Lightfoot: the two sound very different. However, he does sound similar to the bass from the Chad Mitchell Trio, Mike Kobluk.
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I can't believe Stan has been gone 30 years. I first heard him just before he died in '83. Wish I could have seen him live.
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If you like this, you'll lov his brother Garnet
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