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2014 New Gallery!
World Tribute to Titanic's 8 Musicians
Their Lives, Loves and Legacy – An Epic Ballad of the Sea

Bon Voyage, Titanic
The Roger Marie Bricoux Story

  Celiney Yazbeck
   

Roger Bricoux was born on the fringe of fame on June 1, 1891, the son of Marie-Rose and Leon Bricoux.  His father was a member of the prestigious Monte Carlo Casino band in Monaco where he rubbed shoulders with the royal family and world famous celebrities.

Growing up in this heady atmosphere, Roger developed a taste for the “good life.”  His love of music and the arts won him a place at Mozart’s alma mater in Italy. Here, he won first prize for his cello playing.  By 1910 he was playing-for-pay with small bands and hotel orchestras until finally given the chance to join the band on the cruise ship, Carpathia – ironically, the very ship that would play such a dramatic role in the Titanic story.

From the Carpathia to Titanic was a major step-up for Roger. He was thrilled to have been chosen as one of eight musicians to sail on Titanic’s maiden voyage.  At 20, he was the youngest in the group but had the most thorough, formal training of them all.
He was described as a handsome young fellow with a charming French accent. All of which made him very attractive to young women. Before going to sea, he may or may not have had a relationship with English domestic servant named Adelaide Kelsall that resulted in the birth of a daughter.  All Adelaide told her parents was that the father was a cellist about to join the Titanic.

As for getting married,” Roger wrote his parents, “I will never marry unless it’s to a girl with money because with my tastes I only want ‘love in silk,’ not living in attics with the fear of not eating the next day.”  After just four days on Titanic, it was the fear of not livingat allthat consumed him.

Roger had wrapped-up another evening of playing in Titanic’s elegant Parisian Restaurant, and was in his cabin when the ship struck the berg.  Soon after, bandleader Wallace Hartley called him back on deck. The terrible reality that Titanic was doomed  had not sunk in yet and it was hoped that hearing familiar tunes would help calm passengers’ fears as they searched for lifeboats.

In the end, the heroic actions displayed by Roger Bricoux and his brave band mates did help transcend the great divide for more than 1,500 passengers and crew.  None of the musicians survived.

The new Titanic Musician’s Tribute Gallery is now open in Branson, Missouri.  Come, take another look at a story you thought you knew.

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3rd Class Passenger
Alexander A. Robins
Born 1861
2
3rd Class Passenger
Mary Agatha Glynn
Born 1893
3
3rd Class Passenger
Katherine Connolly Arkins
Died 1948
4
1st Class Passenger
James Robert McGough
Born 1876
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1st Class Passenger
Frederick Maxfield Hoyt
Died 1940
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2nd Class Passenger
Ruth Becker Blanchard
Died 1990
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3rd Class Passenger
Franz Karun
Died 1934
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2nd Class Passenger
Mary Dunbar Hewlett
Born 1855
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2nd Class Passenger
Lily Renouf Stead
Died 1933
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2nd Class Passenger
Joan Wells
Died 1933
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1st Class Passenger
Charles Hallace Romaine
Born 1866
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2nd Class Passenger
Kate Buss Willis
Died 1972
13
1st Class Passenger
John Jacob Astor, IV
Born 1864
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3rd Class Passenger
Henry LeFebvre
Born 1906
15
3rd Class Passenger
Patrick Fox
Born 1883
16
1st Class Passenger
Anna Sophia Warren
Died 1925
17
2nd Class Passenger
Shadrach Gale
Born 1878
18
Cook
Alfred Edgar Windebanke
Born 1873
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3rd Class Passenger
Bernard McCoy
Died 1945
20
2nd Class Passenger
Richard Otter
Born 1873
21
Trimmer
Edgar Lionel Perry
Born 1892
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3rd Class Passenger
Mabel Skoog
Born 1902
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Fireman/Stoker
George Alfred Bennett
Born 1881
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2nd Class Passenger
Joseph Charles Nicholls
Born 1892
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3rd Class Passenger
Vincenz Kink
Born 1885
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3rd Class Passenger
Oskar Leander Palmquist
Born 1885
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1st Class Passenger
Mary Conover Lines
Born 1895
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3rd Class Passenger
Oskar Arvid Hedman
Died 1961
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2nd Class Passenger
Mary Davis Wilburn
Died 1987 at the age of 104
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3rd Class Passenger
Maria Nackid
Died 1912
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Turkish Bath Masseuse
Maud Walden Slocombe
Born 1881
   

 
 
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