Al Oster is one of our Yukon’s special and unique legends. His ballads and songs about the Yukon earned him several recognition awards as well as the Order of Canada in 1999.
In the 1960s, Al Oster performed live for many concerts, public gatherings and dances. I remember when Al wrote and recorded Irene Cheyenne; it was a hit, especially around Alberta and here. I loved the story the song told, and how it was sung. Another Al Oster song that really grabbed me is My Yukon Book of Memories.
All Yukoners can relate to this song and love it.
Other Oster greats are: Paddlewheeler, Next Boat, Buckets of Steel, 918 Miles, The Keebird Song, Yukon Gold and many more.
The Yukon’s Hank Karr has recorded many songs written by Al Oster.
Today, Al Oster is still recording and writing songs. Al still visits the Yukon every year and holds his “Yukon Memories Close to His Heart.” It’s always a pleasure to meet and chat with him.
Al Oster’s songs will live forever in the hearts of Yukoners.
Thanks to Donna Barnes, Al Oster’s daughter, for information and photos and to Cal Waddington for story information.
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