Richard (Rogers) Rodgers

Richard Charles (Rogers) Rodgers (1902 - 1979)

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Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Rodgers was the first person to win what are considered the top show business awards in television, recording, movies and Broadway—an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony—now known collectively as an EGOT. He has also won a Pulitzer Prize, making him one of two people (Marvin Hamlisch is the other) to receive each award.

Born into a prosperous ethnic German Jewish family in Arverne, Queens, New York City, Rodgers was the son of Mamie (Levy) and Dr. William Abrahams Rodgers, a prominent physician who had changed the family name from Abrahams.[1] Richard began playing the piano at age six. He attended P.S. 10, Townsend Harris Hall and DeWitt Clinton High School. Rodgers spent his early teenage summers in Camp Wigwam (Waterford, Maine) where he composed some of his first songs.

He wrote the music for the musicals Oklahoma! (1944), South Pacific (1950), The King and I (1951), The Sound of Music (1959), and dozens of others. They included songs like "Funny Valentine," "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "Getting to Know You," and "My Favorite Things." He collaborated with the lyricist Lorenz Hart for more than 20 years. When Hart died in 1943, Rodgers asked his friend Oscar Hammerstein II to write a musical with him. He agreed, and they wrote Oklahoma!, one of Broadway's biggest hits.

In 1930, Rodgers married Dorothy Belle Feiner. [2]Their daughter, Mary, is the composer of Once Upon a Mattress and an author of children's books. The Rodgerses later lost a daughter at birth, but another daughter, Linda, was born in the 1930s.

Rodgers died in 1979 at age 77 [3]after surviving cancer of the jaw, a heart attack, and a laryngectomy. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.

Census

1905 New York State Census:[4]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
William A Rodgers Head M 34y United States
Mamie Rodgers Wife F 30y United States
Mortimer U Rodgers Son M 7y United States
Richard C Rodgers Son M 3y United States
Jacob K Levy Father-In-Law M 54y Russia
Rachel Levy Mother-In-Law F 50y United States
Leurine Levy Uncle M 45y United States

1910 Census:[5]

Name Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Jacob Levy Head Male 60 Russia
Rachel Levy Wife Female 57 Russia
Samuel Lewine Brother-in-law Male 50 New York
William A Rodgers Son-in-law Male 39 Missouri
Mamie Rodgers Daughter Female 37 New York
Mortimer W Rodgers Grandson Male 12 New York
Richard C Rodgers Grandson Male 7 New York
Julia Anderson Servant Female 19 New York
Annie Fox Servant Female 38 Ireland

1920 Census:[6]

Name Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
William A Rodgers Head M 48 Missouri
Mamie Rodgers Wife F 46 New York
Mortimer W Rodgers Son M 21 New York
Richard C Rodgers Son M 16 New York
Jacob K Levy Father-in-law M 70 Russia
Rachael Levy Mother-in-law F 67 New York
Nora Flaherty Servant F 27 Ireland
Catherine Flaherty Servant F 26 Ireland

1930 Census:[7]

Name Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Richard Rodgers Head M 28 New York
Dorothy Rodgers Wife F 20 New York

1940 Census:[8]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Richard Rodgers Head Male 37 New York
Dorothy Rodgers Wife Female 30 New York
Mary Rodgers Daughter Female 9 New York
Linda Rodgers Daughter Female 5 New York
Mary Riley Maid Female 33 Ireland

Sources

  1. "New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27YC-HVX : 20 March 2015), Richard Charles Rodgers, 28 Jun 1902; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference v 3 cn 1436 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,993,068.
  2. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2487-TZ7 : 20 March 2015), Richard Rodgers and Dorothy Feiner, Mar 1930; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,653,975.
  3. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JG7C-95Q : 19 May 2014), Richard Rodgers, Dec 1979; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  4. New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPN7-N3J : 8 November 2017), William A Rodgers, Manhattan, A.D. 31, E.D. 19, New York, New York; citing p. 7, line 5, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 1,433,113.
  5. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M53N-23Y : accessed 25 July 2017), Richard C Rodgers in household of Jacob Levy, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 493, sheet 13A, family 248, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1020; FHL microfilm 1,375,033.
  6. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJYP-285 : accessed 25 July 2017), Richard C Rodgers in household of William A Rodgers, Manhattan Assembly District 7, New York, New York, United States; citing ED 580, sheet 3A, line 9, family 63, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1198; FHL microfilm 1,821,198.
  7. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X42L-237 : accessed 22 June 2018), Richard Rodgers, Manhattan (Districts 0501-0750), New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 564, sheet 2B, line 68, family 44, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1567; FHL microfilm 2,341,302.
  8. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3YN-GVM : accessed 8 February 2018), Richard Rodgers, Assembly District 15, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 31-1351, sheet 64A, line 11, family 324, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2656.

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On 14 Nov 2017 at 02:58 GMT Jody Rodgers wrote:

I wonder why they have spelled his last name wrong in the profile? It's Rodgers - with a "d".

On 7 Sep 2017 at 14:07 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Cleaned up merge and combined bio paragraphs. Needs to be checked over by project member.

On 25 Jul 2017 at 03:33 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Rodgers-1289 and Rogers-9705 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. Merge needs to go the other way and name is misspelled in Rogers-9705 (Rodgers is the correct spelling.)



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