Gene Rodgers (March 5, 1910, New York City – October 23, 1987, New York City) was an American jazzpianist, composer, and arranger. He is best known for being the pianist on Coleman Hawkins‘ famous 1939 recording of “Body and Soul“.
Born Eugene Ricardo Rodgers Jr, the eldest child of Eugene Ricardo Rodgers Sr (aka Eugene Richard Rodgers), and his wife Blanche Bona Cabey (both of whom were born in what was then the Danish West Indies / Danish Antilles, later the American Virgin Islands), he was named for his father. Gene had three younger siblings, Mildred (1914), Rowland (1918), and Genevieve (1920).
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