James Gamble Rogers, IV
January 31, 1937 - October 10, 1991

"The stories I tell are all true except
the few that are obviously whimsy."

 

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Steeped in the oral tradition of storytelling and philosophical humor, he first gained national prominence as a member of the Serendipity Singers, playing lead, acoustic and electric guitars. Music led to storytelling, as the band asked Gamble to be their spokesman. He introduced and verbally set the stage for their songs when they appeared on television shows such as "The Tonight Show," "Hootenany," and "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Gamble Rogers has been described by journalists coast-to-coast as:

"An American treasure ... an awesome talent ... one-hundred percent enjoyable ... a rare and guaranteed treat ... worthy of inclusion in the Smithsonian."