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Albert Adam 'Al' Oster (December 3, 1924–October 28, 2017) was a Canadian singer known for songs about the Yukon. He was born December 23, 1924 at Vanguard, Saskatchewan. In 1947, Al married Mary Ellen Stanbury and had 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in the Yukon with his family from 1957 to 1975 and continued to visit regularly until his death. Al Oster was one of the first since Robert Service to write and publish poetry about Klondike Gold Rush folklore; and one of the first Canadians to compose and sing folk music about historical Canadian folklore legends, and to preserve these compositions on LP Records. He subsequently attained national recognition for his musical works in 1968 by being the first Canadian composer to receive the BMI CANADA Certificate of Honour Achievement Award for an outstanding contribution to Canadian music in the country / folk music category.
In 1993 he received the Yukon Heritage Award from the Yukon Historical and Museums Association for his contribution to the preservation of Yukon history; and in April, 1999 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian heritage. In 2002 he was again awarded recognition by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his musical contribution to Canada history.
Article in the Yukon Nugget: https://yukonnuggets.com/stories/al-oster
CBC article about Al Oster, writer of "Paddle Wheeler" https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/al-oster-obit-died-1.4378193