Ed. Rogers

Ed. Rogers

Birth
New South Wales, Australia
Death 25 Sep 1928 (aged 63)
New York, USA
Burial Uniondale, Nassau County, New York, USA
Plot Section: 46 Lot:117 Grave No. 4
Memorial ID 11887370 · View Source
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Composer/Lyricist/Musician/Singer/Comedian and Music Publisher in Tin Pan Alley, New York, New York, United States of America from the early 1890s until approximately 1912. Ed. Rogers (Edwin) was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1865 and married Amy ("Annie") McNamara in Sydney in 1886. He was listed on his first son, Edwin Rogers, birth certificate as a "Comedian." (Edwin Rogers Jr., born in 1887 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, later became an Australian Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion but was killed in a Ballarat, Victoria, boxing ring in 1910.) (Ed. Rogers' second son, Percy C. Rogers, born in 1890, sought his father after "Soldier" Rogers' death by travelling first to London, then sailing from Paddington in 1912, joining his father in Freeport, Long Island, New York from where he joined the AIF and served in France in WWI, worked as a chef in Boston, died in 1960 and was buried in a war grave in Jamaica Plain Cemetery, Massachusetts.) In 1890 Ed. Rogers left his young family in Melbourne and sailed to the United States where his first songs were published in 1891. His career as a composer/lyricist went from strength to strength in the 'folk music' genre of the era. He wrote: 'Coon' songs (not politically correct now, but highly popular in the late 1890s to early 1900s); Ragtime; Irish ditties; and charming love songs. His sheet music, Edison cylinders and early records are now in public library and university collections across the United States. Also, his sheet music, Edison silver and gold cylinders, and early records such as "Ka-Ya Ka-Ya - Dance d'Algiers” (E. Berliner's Gramophone sound disc 1897: between 66 & 72 rpm, mono. 7", recorded on one side only), are contained in The Library of Congress collections. "Come Down McGinty" (Orange, N.J: National Phonograph Co., 1 Edison Gold Mounted Record cylinder (ca. 2 min) 160 rpm, 2 1/4 x 4 in. 1906) is housed at UCLA Santa Barbara, CA. The cover of his score "Everybody Has a Whistle Like Me" blazons "...Over 50,000 Copies Sold" a considerable achievement in 1901. Author of "Little Rose McNally”, "Barney", "Dan Dan Dan-u-el", "Hannah Thompson's Ma Baby's Name" (a charcoal sketch of him in blackface by Piglhein adorns the cover), “Dear Little Pouting Miss Prue”, etc. and, through his company "Ed. Rogers Music Publ. Co. 53 West 28th St. NY", publisher of "Where the Suwanee River Winds Its Silv'ry Way" by G. Selig. Reported in The Edison Phonograph Monthly, Variety and The New York Times, he was a fixture in Tin Pan Alley for two decades. In 1909 he sent a business card of his latest hit "Pansy The Moon Am Shining" to his elder son, Edwin, in Melbourne. In Edwin's handwriting, faded flowing blue ink records, "my father" on the face of the card. He did not write many more songs after his son's death in 1910. Indeed, no mention of his music can be found after 1912. All of his Australian descendents have inherited his musical and artistic gifts. Although he went half a world away, Ed. Rogers left his Australian family a musical legacy which enriches them beyond measure.


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  • Created by: Robyn Rogers-Fox
  • Added: 4 Oct 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11887370
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ed. Rogers (2 Jan 1865–25 Sep 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11887370, citing Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, Nassau County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Robyn Rogers-Fox (contributor 46772355) .