Alex Rogers

Alex Rogers was born in Nashville in 1876 and was educated there. 

Though Rogers is included in James Weldon Johnson’s seminal anthology The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922), he is best remembered as a successful songwriter, particularly for the musical comedies in which the famous duo Bert Williams and George Walker starred. Rogers co-wrote the librettos for Williams’s and Walker’s shows, as well as some of their comedy routines. Rogers later worked on Broadway musicals, including Go-Go, which opened in March 1923. The show, which had an all-white cast, was co-written with the composer and musician Luckey Roberts. During his career, Rogers also collaborated with composers Will Marion Cook and Al Johns. 

Rogers died in New York City on September 14, 1930.