b. 27 March 1936, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 10 August 1993, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. From 1952 (military service excepted), his ambition to entertain saw him playing local venues, including almost six years at the Egyptian Ballroom until 1967, when he joined the Wheeling Jamboree on WWVA. Rogers made his US country chart debut on Columbia in 1968 with ‘I’d Be Your Fool Again’ and soon moved to Nashville. In 1972, his recording of ‘Need You’ reached number 9, a position equalled in 1974 by ‘Loving You Has Changed My Life’, after he became the first country artist on the Atlantic Records label. During the late 70s, he registered 13 minor hits on Republic but in the early 80s, he recorded for several minor labels. In total, Rogers had 37 country chart entries, the last, ‘I’m A Country Song’, being a minor hit on the Hal Kat label in 1984. In 1991, in spite of failing health, he appeared at several country clubs during a UK visit, being warmly welcomed by his British fans. He died after a long illness, in August 1993, just a few days before he was scheduled to receive a Pioneer Award from the Georgia Country Music Hall Of Fame. Rogers is perhaps best remembered for his excellent 1973 album recalling the Grand Ole Opry’s years at the Ryman Auditorium.
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