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Fred Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001.

Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, Rogers earned a bachelor's degree in music from Rollins College in 1951. He began his television career in 1951 at NBC in New York. He returned to Pittsburgh in 1953 to work for children's programming at NET (later PBS) television station WQED. After graduating from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he became a Presbyterian minister in 1963 and attended the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Child Development, where he began his 30-year long collaboration with child psychologist Margaret McFarland. He also helped develop the children's shows The Children's Corner (1955) and Misterogers (1963). In 1968 he created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for 33 years. The program was critically acclaimed for focusing on children's emotional and physical concerns, such as death, sibling rivalry, school enrollment, and divorce.

Rogers died of stomach cancer on February 27, 2003, at the age of 74. His work in children's television has been widely lauded, and he received over 40 honorary degrees and several awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999. Rogers influenced many writers and producers of children's television shows, and his broadcasts have served as a source of comfort during tragic events, even after his death.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 20th, 1928 (Latrobe), Died February 27th, 2003 (Pittsburgh)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1957

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 103233 9/24/1957 Why hi song Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103234 9/24/1957 I found the children's corner Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103235 9/24/1957 I'm Tame Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103236 9/24/1957 Chrysanthemum Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103237 9/24/1957 I found the children's corner Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103238 9/24/1957 I give a hoot for you Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103239 9/24/1957 Every minute of today Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103240 9/24/1957 Good morning God Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103241 9/24/1957 Meow meow meow meow beautiful Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103242 9/24/1957 Vous et moi ensemble Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103243 9/24/1957 Ma famille Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103244 9/24/1957 Les jours de la semaine Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103245 9/24/1957 I found the children's corner Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103246 9/24/1957 Mimus Polygiottos is my pet ; Walking mocking ; Mimus and Walking Mocking Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103247 9/24/1957 Had I on a hat Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103248 9/24/1957 We're going to have a party Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103249 9/24/1957 I found the children's corner Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103250 9/24/1957 Goodnight God Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  
Decca 103251 9/24/1957 So long song Josie Carey ; Fred Rogers vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Rogers, Fred," accessed October 20, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340752.

Rogers, Fred. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340752.

"Rogers, Fred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 20 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340752

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