For those of you planning to attend the 12th Annual Gamble Rogers Folklore Festival in St. Augustine, Florida on May 4, 5, and 6 this year, you may know that this festival features a variety of musical talents, who They range from Michael Smith to The Burns Sisters Band, from Amy Carol Webb to The Cook Trio. You may also know that this festival offers performances by local musicians, competitions, arts and crafts, and local accommodation at a discount. What you may not know, however, is the story behind Gamble Rogers. It is not just a story of talent and tragedy, but also of uncompromising heroism.
James Gamble Rogers IV was born on the last day of January 1937 in Winter Park, Florida. While his father and his grandfather were architectural geniuses, Rogers took a path that took him away from architecture and into the open arms of music. He became a folk singing legend, influencing Jimmy Buffet along the way and leading him to dedicate his album, Fruitcakes, to Rogers.
Called a “national treasure” by journalists, Rogers was well known for his songs about Oklawaha, Florida, a fictional city full of colorful characters and stories. He was also known for his guitar playing and his uncanny ability to captivate whatever audience he performed for. He reintroduced the art of storytelling and served as the proverbial father of Florida Folk Music. He also released several albums, some posthumously. His albums include The Lord Gives Me Grace And The Devil Gives Me Style, Sorry is As Sorry Does, Signs of a Misspent Youth, and Good Causes.
Rogers became more revered not for his musical acts but for his act of bravery, an act that ultimately led to his death. In October 1991, while camping in Flagler Beach, Florida, Rogers heard from someone who needed help. He followed the voice to find a man named Raymond Tracey trapped in rough waters. Rogers stepped in and made the ultimate sacrifice: he saved Tracey’s life and lost his in the process.
Popular singing, unlike other musical genres, does not belong to the young: many popular singers improve with age. Because of this, Rogers, at the time of his death, seemed to be just getting started, leaving the world of folk music to shake its head and wonder what it could have been.
For his musical talent, he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 1987 and posthumously received a Folk Heritage Award in 1993. For his act of sacrifice, Rogers received the Kiwanis Award for bravery and the Carnegie Award for heroism. The area of the beach where ยูฟ่าเบท Rogers met his death was renamed The Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area in Flagler, Beach and a school in St. Augustine was renamed The Gamble Rogers Middle School in St. Augustine. Rogers’ memory, his songs and tributes to him also endure at the Gamble Rogers Memorial Foundation, a foundation created with the purpose of never forgetting a legend.