Ranking Roger Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, The Beat, Death, Cancer, Songs, Albums
The Beat vocalist Ranking Roger dies at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer
Ranking Roger Wiki/ Ranking Roger Biography
Ranking Roger (real name Roger Charley) was an English musician and vocalist of 1980s two-tone band The Beat and later General Public. He was born on 21st February 1963 and died on 26th March 2019 after a battle with cancer.
The Beat/ Ranking Roger English Beat
Ranking Roger was the lead vocalist of The Beat also known as the English Beat due to an already existing band. The band was formed in the late 1970s as part of the “2 Tone” ska revival based around the label of the same name. The beat set their own tempo, incorporating more reggae into their sound along with lead singer Dave Wakeling’s original and politically tinged lyrics. Roger on his part was a combination toaster and hypeman, dancing energetically across the stage, playing the percussion and pumping up the crowd along with his widely imitated toast/raps during the songs.
After releasing their lead single, “Tears of a Clown”, the band left 2 Tone for their own Go-Feet imprint through Arista. They released three albums — including their stellar 1980 debut, “I Just Can’t Stop It” — and were a leading light of British alternative music until their split in 1983 (the opening act on their final U.S. tour was R.E.M.).
Ranking Roger General Public/ General Public
Soon after the band broke up Roger and Wakeling formed a new group called General Public whose debut album was produced by Clash guitarist Mick Jones. Their first three albums produced several alternative-radio singles and were successful.
In 1988 Roger released a solo album called “Radical Departure” which included band members, Horace Panter and Fuzz Townshend. In 2016 the beat released an album “Bounce” their first in 30 years.
Ranking Roger Albums
- Radical Departure
- Inside My Head
- Retrospective – Looking Back
- Pop Off the Headtop
- Bounce – The Beat featuring Ranking Roger
- Public Confidential – The Beat featuring Ranking Roger
Ranking Roger Songs
- More and More (U Ain’t Seen Her)
- Wingmakers Dub
- Public Confidential
- Who’s Dat Looking
- On the Road
- Long Call Short Talk
- Giving It Up
- A Good Day for Sunshine
- Skank Away
- Walking on the Wrong Side
- Busy Busy Doing Nothing
- Heaven Hiding
- Avoid the Obvious
- Fire Burn
- On My Way
- Work Work Work
- Talkin’ About Her
- Side to Side
- My Dream
- Close the Door
Ranking Roger Wife
Roger was not married but during an interview, he revealed that not getting married was one of his disappointment in life. He said he was in a relationship with an Irish girl for 20 years but they split up in 2003.
The interviewer asked him what his biggest disappointment was in life to which he replied: “Having thought about it, maybe it’s the fact that I never got married. I should have been married. I’ve 3 kids and was with an Irish girl for 20 years, but we split up about 10 years ago. I regret that. We should have got married, but we didn’t. Maybe if we’d married we wouldn’t have split up later, I don’t know.”
Ranking Roger Children
Roger had three children.
Ranking Roger Net worth
Roger’s net worth has not been made public but considering the success of his band, ‘The Beat’ Roger must have amassed wealth.
Ranking Roger Death/ Ranking Roger Dead
Roger’s death was announced through The Beat Facebook page where they said he died peacefully at his home surrounded by family.
Ranking Roger Cause of Death/ Ranking Roger Cancer
Roger died of cancer. Last summer Roger was diagnosed with two brain tumours after he suffered a stroke, he underwent surgery and was later diagnosed with lung cancer and was undergoing treatment at the time of his death.
Ranking Roger Tributes
— The Beat (@TheBeat) March 26, 2019
— UB40 (@UB40OFFICIAL) March 26, 2019
Very sorry to hear that Ranking Roger has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy https://t.co/dQXifw7J9c
— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) March 26, 2019
Me with my super friend @rankingroger & Murphy at Roger's last ever show.
I'm devastated to lose Roger, my Special Beat partner!… https://t.co/lEyYISUMXV
— Neville Staple (@NevilleStaple) March 26, 2019