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Ranking Roger, who has died aged 56 after suffering from cancer, was a singer and frontman for the Beat, one of the four big British ska revival bands – along with the Specials, Madness and the Selecter – to emerge after punk in the late 1970s. The Beat’s flowering was a brief one, but Roger was at the heart of the group’s successes in the early 80s, when they had five Top 10 singles and two Top 5 albums in the UK before splitting in 1984. He had songwriting credits on many of their most popular compositions, and alongside duties as joint vocalist with Dave Wakeling was also the band’s “toaster”, talking in stylised fashion over various song sections in a mode popularised by reggae deejays of the late 60s and early 70s.

Later he pursued solo projects and collaborations with various well-known bands and artists, including Big Audio Dynamite and Sting, before touring and recording with a reincarnation of the Beat, with whom he worked until his death.

Born Roger Charlery in Birmingham to Jean-Baptiste, a toolsetter, and his wife, Anne Marie, both of whom had emigrated to Britain from the Caribbean, he grew up in the Small Heath area of the city, next to Birmingham City football ground. As a 15-year-old at Archbishop Williams school, Roger was deejaying with reggae sound systems when he was sucked into the local punk scene, becoming a drummer in an outfit called the Dum Dum Boys in 1978. Early in their existence they were supported by another fledgling band, the Beat, and Roger was so impressed by their music that he jumped ship to join them. Within a year the Beat were sitting at No 6 in the UK charts with their debut single, a version of Smokey Robinson’s Tears of a Clown that epitomised what Roger characterised as the band’s “happy music with sad lyrics”.

Drawing heavily on Jamaican musical themes from the 60s but with a distinctly British feel and punk sensibility, the Beat, along with Madness, the Specials and the Selecter, swiftly became part of the 2-Tone movement, which took its name from the independent label to which each of the bands initially signed. Four of the Beat’s first five singles made it into the Top 10, including their third release, Mirror in the Bathroom, which peaked at No 4, and Too Nice to Talk To, at No 7. Their debut LP, I Just Can’t Stop It, was released in 1980 on their own Go Feet label and featured their most talked-about composition, Stand Down Margaret, which was banned by the BBC and had Roger’s toasting to the fore as it called for the resignation of the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher. The album reached No 3 in the charts, as did its follow up, Wha’ppen? in 1981.

Major tours followed with the Clash, the Police, the Pretenders, David Bowie and Talking Heads, all of whom were fans. But within a couple of years internal disagreements had emerged and the band’s star had begun to wane. Their third album, Special Beat Service (1982), was significantly less popular than its predecessors, and despite registering their highest singles chart position (No 3) with a winsome cover of Andy Williams’s Can’t Get Used to Losing You in 1983, they broke up shortly afterwards.

Roger and Wakeling quickly formed a new band, General Public, initially with former members of Dexys Midnight Runners (Mickey Billingham and Andy Growcott), the Specials (Horace Panter) and the Clash (Mick Jones). With Roger as the main vocalist they signed to Virgin Records and had a Top 40 hit in the US with Tenderness (1984). But otherwise their poppy, dancy style, with reggae undertones, rarely impinged on the public consciousness. Two albums, All the Rage (1984) and Hand to Mouth (1986), made little impact and they disbanded in 1987.

In 1988 Roger released a solo album, Radical Departure, which despite its title did not deviate much from the template established by General Public. In the early 90s he put together Special Beat with various personnel from the Beat and the Specials, touring in the UK and Japan. In 1994 he and Wakeling revived and reconfigured General Public, basing themselves in the US, where they scored a Top 40 hit with a cover of the Staple Singers’ I’ll Take You There. But they got nowhere with a poor-selling album, Rub It Better, and closed down again in 1995.

Back home in Britain that year Roger teamed up with a fellow Brummie, Pato Banton, to record a bouncy reggae single, Bubbling Hot, which reached No 15 in the UK, and in 1996 he was singing and toasting on a version of The Bed’s Too Big Without You, released by Sting as a single. Continuing his long association with Jones, he then became a member of Big Audio Dynamite for their final studio album, Entering a New Ride (1997), before releasing his second solo collection, Inside My Head, in 2001.

Latterly his musical life had centred around a Beat revival band featuring his daughter Saffren on vocals and son Matthew as toaster: in a deal with Wakeling, who had a rival Beat group in the US, Roger’s troupe concentrated on touring the UK and Europe, while Wakeling’s musicians (known as the English Beat in America) focused on the US. Roger’s band released albums in 2016 (Bounce) and 2019 (Public Confidential), and he relished the chance to add new material to the old. “Even if we’re not as big as the first time, the respect and the credibility are still there,” he said. “For me, they are great things to have.”

Early this year, Roger announced that following a stroke and the discovery of two brain tumours he had also been diagnosed with lung cancer.

He is survived by five children.

Ranking Roger (Roger Charlery), musician, born 21 February 1963; died 26 March 2019

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Ranking Roger Bio, Wiki

Ranking Roger (Birth name: Roger Charlery) was born on February 21st, 1963 and died on March 26th, 2019. He was a British musician. He was a vocalist in the 1980s two-tone band The Beat (known in North America as The English Beat) and later General Public. He led a reformed Beat line-up.

The “Ranking” moniker is short for “top-ranking” or “high-ranking” and is a boast typical of many MCs.

 

Ranking Roger Quick Facts
Birth nameRoger Charlery
BornHe was born on February 21st, 1963 in Birmingham, England
DiedHe died on March 26th, 2019 (aged 56)
Genres2 tone, ska, new wave, punk rock, electronica
Occupation(s)Musician
Years active1978–2019
LabelsIRS, Paras
Associated actsThe Beat, General Public, Big Audio Dynamite
Net WorthHis Net Wort is not on record

Ranking Roger Early life & Family

Roger Charlery was born in Birmingham, England to Jean Baptiste Charlery. According to a 1985 article in Mother Jones, he is of West Indian descent. His mother and father are from Saint Lucia. Roger had four sisters: Greta, Annie, Sandra, and Equilar, who was a backing singer for him. He also had a half brother and sister, Kevin and Sarah Charlery.

Was Ranking Roger Married?  Ranking Roger’s Wife

Roger was not married, he, however, revealed during an interview 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.

Ranking Roger Children

He had three children.

Ranking Roger Career

Roger joined The Beat as frontman while he was the drummer in another band, The Nam Nam Boys. Between 1980 and 1983, The Beat released three albums, “I Just Can’t Stop,” “Wha’ppen?” and “Special Beat Service.” After their 1983 split, Roger formed General Public, with, among others Andy “Stoker” Growcott of Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Over the years, Roger would regularly perform with members of The Beat as well as General Public.

While in the U.S., The Beat was known as The English Beat and was featured in the February 1985 edition of Mother Jones magazine.

In 1988, Roger released his first solo album, Radical Departure. During the 2000s, Roger was known for his performances with Sting, he would regularly sing “Roxanne” in live performances.

In 2017, The Beat joined The Selecter for a co-headline UK tour, including a sell out show at the Roundhouse in London. Life-long friends, The Selecter and The Beat are two of the main bands to come out of 2 Tone. Originally only intended as a six-date tour, due to high demand and a run of sold-out dates, the tour was extended to 44 shows across Europe and ending in Australia in 2018.

Ranking Roger Stroke, Tumours and Lung Cancer

In early August of 2018, Ranking Roger was taken to hospital with a suspected mini-stroke. Roger is recuperating at home but he cancelled all forthcoming live shows in the UK & USA. The band had just finished recording a brand new album and Roger has been writing his autobiography about the early days of The Beat. An official announcement on his website on September 21st, 2018.

In January 2019, Ranking Roger revealed in an interview that, following a stroke in August 2018, he had been diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer.

Roger said, via Slicing Up Eyeballs, “I know I can sing. I don’t have a problem with that. It’s just that I don’t think I’ll be running around the stage as much as I was, certainly for the first three months or six months, because I wouldn’t want a seizure on stage. … I know I can sing still. There’s not a problem with the voice. And I know I can skank still. I’ll never forget how to do that. But I just mustn’t get too excited and start darting across the stage again. But I think eventually I probably will be able to. We’ll just see how this treatment goes, that’s all I can say. But I’ve got a lot of optimism.”

Ranking Roger Death and Cause

Roger died at his home on the morning of March 26th, 2019 at the age of 56. A post on the band’s Facebook page read, “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly Roger past away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER!❤️  The post was published on March 26th, 2019.

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Roger Charlery, a British musician, better known by the name Ranking Roger passed away on 26th March 2019 fighting lung cancer and two brain tumors. He was a popular figure in the ’80s and ’90s as a vocalist for the band named The Beat and General Public. Roger was working on a new album, Public Confidential, and released it in 2019.

Roger was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, England on 21st February 1963. He was of British nationality and part of the West Indian descent. Roger shared his childhood with his four siblings, and a half brother and a sister.

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Real NameRoger Charlery
Birthday21st February 1963
BirthplaceBirmingham, West Midlands, England
Zodiac SignPisces
NationalityBritish
EthnicityWest Indian
ProfessionMusician
ParentsUnknown
Dating/GirlfriendNo
Married/WifeYes
SiblingYes
IncomeUnder Review
Net Worth$500 thousand

Death Cause and Funeral Details

One of the prolific figures in the Music Industry, Ranking Roger is no more with us as he died fighting lung cancer and two brain tumors. He died at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday as per the statement in Beat’s Website. It quotes

He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly Roger passed away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

In January, news broke out regarding Roger that he got diagnosed with two brain tumors and later lung cancer.

Ranking Roger Death, Funeral

Additionally, he suffered from a stroke last summer. The Beat singer did not give up easily and fought till the end but sadly could not overcome death. In his memory, several bands and musicians like Billy Bragg and UB40, a reggae band paid tribute to Ranking Roger.

Net Worth, Salary, and Income

Roger began his career in the 1970s as a drummer for the band, Nam Nam Boys and went to gigs with The Beat and later officially joined the group. With the group, he released albums like Special Beat Service in 1982, Wha’ppen? In 1981 and “I just can’t stop it” in 1980. However, the group broke up, and Roger formed another band, General Public with Wakeling and Mickey Billingham.

Also, Roger worked as a solo artist and released his debut album, Radical Departure in 1988 followed by records like Inside My head, Pop Off the headtop and so on. Later in 2005, Roger reformed the band, The Beat with Everett Morton and his son, Ranking Junior. In the recent years, he was on tour with the band in different countries to promote two-tone music and their album, Bounce in 2016.

Ranking Roger Net Worth, Salary, Income

As of 2019, Roger worked on his new album, Public Confidential which released in January but could not continue to appear in live events because of his health. Also, he wrote his autobiography which will release in early summer as per the Beat’s website. Later, in January 2019, Roger underwent treatment for lung cancer and two brain tumors and passed away on 26th March 2019. With all these works, Roger should have accumulated a massive net worth with all these albums and hit singles. Before death, his net worth was estimated at $500 thousand.

Married, Wife, Kids

Roger was in a marital relationship, but there are no details about his life partner except his two kids, a son and a daughter, Saffren Murphy. His son, Ranking Junior followed his footsteps and is an integral part of the group, The Beat and goes on tours with the band.

Family, Siblings, and Parents

Roger grew up with his four sisters named, Sandra, Annie, Greta, and Equilar and with his half-brother, Kevin, and half-sister, Sarah. However, there are no details about Roger’s parental background.

Body Measurements: Height and Weight

Ranking Roger Height, Weight, Size

Roger stood tall with decent height and had black eyes with black hair color.

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Ranking Roger was born on 21 February, 1963 in British, is a British musician and songwriter. Discover Ranking Roger's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 57 years old?

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Ranking Roger Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Ranking Roger worth at the age of 58 years old? Ranking Roger’s income source is mostly from being a successful Musician. He is from British. We have estimated Ranking Roger's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2021$1 Million - $5 Million
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The band continues to tour and currently features Roger’s son Ranking Junior (real name Matthew Murphy), with drummers Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene and Fuzz Townshend of Pop Will Eat Itself. The line-up is completed by Chiko Hamilton on sax, bass guitarist Andy Pearson, Ex. Bad Manners and Specialbeat guitarist Andy Perriss and Bobby Bird of Higher Intelligence Agency.

In January 2019, it was announced that Roger had undergone surgery for two brain tumours, and was undergoing treatment for lung cancer. He died at his home in Birmingham on 26 March 2019 at the age of 56.

In early August 2018, Ranking Roger was hospitalised with a suspected mini-stroke. He recuperated at home, but cancelled planned live shows in the United Kingdom and United States. The band had just finished recording an album and Roger had written his autobiography, I Just Can't Stop It, published June 2019.

In 2017, the Beat joined fellow 2-tone band the Selecter for a co-headline UK tour, Owing to demand, the tour was extended to cover other countries.

Roger contributed to Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge, written by Daniel Rachel and published in 2016.

In September 2016, DMF released Bounce; the first new album by the Beat in 30 years. Written by Ranking Roger, Mick Lister and Ranking Junior, it was produced by Mick Lister and mixed by Tim Hamill and Mick Lister, with the exception of "Side to Side" and "My Dream", which were mixed by Dennis Bovell. The album was recorded in Roger's 'eco-friendly hideaway' – a round recording studio in his back garden, which he called The Pod. The album received generally positive reviews with reviewers typically praising the band's 'passionately political edge' and pointing to how the album 'encompasses every aspect of one of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the multi-racial, multi-cultural explosion that made British pop music what it was in the 80’s'.

Rock the Casbah, released in 2015 in collaboration with the charity Strummerville (founded by the friends and family of Joe Strummer to support aspiring musicians and projects that create social mobility through music) is a five-track EP which features a previously unheard version of "Rock the Casbah", which Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash had asked Roger to sing on back in 1981, re-recorded by the Brighton producers Dopegrinders, and using the original stems donated by Mick Jones. The EP features new tracks by Roger, Ranking Junior and Hugh Harris as well as a re-working of "Muscle Ska", co-written by Roger and Neville Staple from the Specials.

2014’s Pop Off the Head Top consisted of entirely new compositions, including additional vocals and song writing from Ranking Junior. They recorded tracks for this project with Hugh Harris from London, Dopegrinders from Brighton and Mr. Anonymous from Colorado. Other key tracks involved the Italian producer AleXannA whose version of “16 Tons” features vocals by Roger, Ranking Junior, and Roger’s daughter Saffren Murphy.

Roger continued to lead the Beat and tours throughout Europe as well as works on solo projects. In his last years he released a series of new albums. 2013 saw the release of Retrospective, an album of solo work recorded over the 25 years since the break-up of General Public, featuring various artists and producers including Sly and Robbie, and songs such as "Bubbling Hot" (the 1994 hit collaboration with Pato Banton) and a cover of "The Bed's Too Big Without You" (first recorded with Sting for the 1996 film The Truth About Cats & Dogs).

Live in London was released in 2013 – a live recording of the Beat playing at 229 The Venue, featuring some of their greatest hits as well as new tracks by Roger and Ranking Junior.

Roger sang on "Roxanne" on stage with the Police on their 2007 world tour. He was a guest performer on Big Audio Dynamite's seventh album Higher Power in 1994 when the band were known as simply 'Big Audio'. He later became a member of Big Audio Dynamite for their final studio album Entering a New Ride (1997).

In 2005, the Beat re-formed, with Roger and Everett Morton of the original line-up, with Roger's son, Ranking Junior also on vocals. Performing some new material, the Beat performed at Glastonbury the same year, where Roger was joined by Ranking Junior.

In 1995, Roger and Wakeling reformed General Public with a new supporting band, and released the album Rub It Better. The duo also worked on various projects and reunited for the 1994 Threesome soundtrack, recording a cover of "I'll Take You There".

He collaborated with Pato Banton in 1995 on "Bubbling Hot", which reached number 15 on the UK single charts.

In the early 1990s, Roger joined members of the Specials to form the new band Special Beat which released two live albums. In 1996, he sang back-up and toasting on the new version of "The Bed's Too Big Without You" on Sting's "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" CD-Maxi single. The rock band Smash Mouth featured Roger on their song "You Are My Number One" in 2003.

Roger released Radical Departure, his first solo album, in 1988 which included band members Panter and Fuzz Townshend. The single "So Excited" reached #23 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. On 2001's Inside My Head, Roger pursued a more dance/electronic sound.

Music journalist Richard Grabel wrote in 1985: "In the Beat, his role was mainly to 'toast' — Jamaican slang for the rhythmic raps that Roger would interject into the middle of the Beat's songs. But those toasts often contained the songs' most important emotional messages. Beyond that, Roger was the one whose looseness and humor, great dancing and general presence made the Beat happen on stage."

After the Beat's 1983 break-up, Roger and Wakeling formed General Public with former members of Dexys Midnight Runners and Horace Panter of the Specials. Roger took more of a leading role with vocals in this group. They released the album All the Rage, aided by the single "Tenderness". Three years later, they released Hand to Mouth, which was less successful, and the band split up.

In 1981, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash invited him to sing on a version of "Rock the Casbah" which was released in 2015.

Roger Charlery was born in Birmingham, England, and grew up in the Small Heath area of the city. The son of Jean Baptiste Charlery and his wife Anne Marie, he was of West Indian descent; his mother and father were from Saint Lucia. He attended Archbishop Williams school, and while still at school began deejaying with reggae sound systems before becoming a drummer with the Dum Dum Boys in 1978.

Roger became a punk rock fan as a teenager and was the drummer in the Dum Dum Boys before joining ska revival pioneers the Beat in the late 1970s. The Dum Dum Boys' first gig was with the Beat and his burgeoning friendship with them meant he began to gatecrash their gigs, take the mic, and start toasting. He had appeared on stage, toasting and singing with them, many times before officially joining the band. His energetic style and Jamaican-influenced vocals, paired with Dave Wakeling, were crucial in distinguishing the band from the other second-wave ska bands. The Beat released three albums: the critically acclaimed and seminal I Just Can't Stop It (1980), Wha'ppen? (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982).

Roger Charlery (21 February 1963 – 26 March 2019), known professionally as Ranking Roger, was a British musician. He was a vocalist in the 1980s two-tone band the Beat (known in North America as the English Beat) and later General Public. Later, he headed up a reformed Beat lineup.

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The British musician Ranking Roger was a vocalist in the 1980s two-tone band the Beat. He died recently on 26th March 2019 due to cancer. Ranking Roger is considered a fighter as he fought against his illness.

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Ranking Roger Age, Parents, Siblings, and Childhood(Bio and Ethnicity)

Ranking Roger was born on 21st February 1963 in Birmingham, England. He was at the age of 56 when he died. As he died in the year 2019 26 March. Also, he grew up in the Small Heath area of the city. Similarly, he was the son of Jean Baptiste Charles and Anne Marie. Likewise, he was from West Indian descent as his mother and father being from Saint Lucia. Talking about his siblings he had four sisters Greta, Annie, Sandra, and Equilar. Similarly, he had a half brother and sister, Kevin and Sarah Charles.

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Ranking Roger Education, School/College, University

Talking about his education and schooling, Ranking Roger attended Archbishop Williams School and while still at school began deejaying with reggae sound systems before becoming a drummer with the Dum Dum Boys in 1978.

Ranking Roger Career and Professional Life

Ranking Roger first started his career as a drummer for the band ‘Dum Dum Boys’. After playing with this band, he got to meet and perform together with a more famous band ‘The Beat’. Similarly, joined ‘The Beat’ and released three albums namely ‘I Just Can’t Stop It’, ‘Wha’ppen?’ and ‘Special Beat Service’.

However, the band broke up in 1983 which gave Roger and fellow ‘The Beat’ vocalist Dave Wakeling chance to team up and form a new band. Later a band called ‘General Public’ was born. This band produced hit songs like ‘Tenderness’ and ‘I’ll Take You There’. Likewise, 4 years later ‘General Public’ broke up and he tried his hand at a solo career with the album ‘Radical Departure’.Moreover, he collaborated with many different artists such as ‘The Police’ and ‘The Clash’.

Talking about 2019, Roger worked on his new album, Public Confidential which released in January but could not continue to appear in live events because of his health. Furthermore, he wrote his autobiography which will release in early summer as per the Beat’s website.

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Ranking Roger Salary, Income, and Net Worth

The talented artist worked as a band member many times. However, he had not revealed his earnings and salary. He might have earned quite a fortune from his career until 2019. He would have earned more if he did not have a bad health condition. As per now, his net worth, salary, and earnings are under review.

Ranking Roger Rumors and Controversy/Scandals

There is no rumor and controversy of Ranking Roger however he died in 2019 which was a big shock for his family. In the year 2018, he was hospitalized with a suspected mini-stroke. Similarly, he had undergone surgery from two brain tumors and was undergoing treatment for lung cancer. The cause of his death was cancer.

Ranking Roger Wife, Daughter, and Relationship Status()

Ranking Rogers was not married as he said once an interview that he never got married. He said that he should have got married as he had 3 kids with an Irish girl and was in a relationship with her for 20 years. However, they split up about 10 years ago which he regretted. Similarly, he had 5 children but there is no other information about that. His son was Ranking Junior(Matthew Murphy and daughter was Saffren who featured with their father in a Beat revival band.

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Body Measurements: Height, Weight, and Body Size

Now talking about the height and weight of Ranking Roger, he has a decent height and weight. However, there is no information about his height, weight, and other body measurements. His hair and eye color were black.

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

Ranking Roger has a verified Twitter account with 9k followers. However, he was not active on other social media like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

 

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  • 2 Ranking Roger: Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity
  • 3 Ranking Roger: Education, School/College University
  • 4 Ranking Roger: Professional Life, Career
  • 5 Ranking Roger: Awards, Nominations
  • 6 Ranking Roger: Net Worth, Income, Salary
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  • 8 Ranking Roger’s Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Body Size
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Who is Ranking Roger?

Ranking Roger was a British musician best known for being the vocalist of the band ‘The Beat’ and later of the band ‘General Public’.

Ranking Roger: Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity

Roger was born in Birmingham, England on February 21, 1963. He was born to parents Jean Baptiste Charlery and Anne Marie. Furthermore, Roger had four sisters and a half brother and another half-sister. Roger is of British nationality with West-Indian roots.

He had 5 children. His son Ranking Jr has followed on his footsteps and is also a singer.

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He died at the age of 56 on March 26, 2019. He suffered from lung cancer and two brain tumors.

Ranking Roger: Education, School/College University

Talking about his education, there are no details available relating to Roger’s educational background other than the fact that he went to Archbishop Williams School before entering the music scene.

Ranking Roger: Professional Life, Career

Roger, first became a drummer for the band ‘Dum Dum Boys’. By playing with this band, he got to meet and perform together with a more famous band ‘The Beat’. Eventually, he went on to join ‘The Beat’ and released three albums namely ‘I Just Can’t Stop It’, ‘Wha’ppen?’ and ‘Special Beat Service’. These albums were liked by music listeners and critics alike.

The band broke up in 1983 which gave Roger and fellow ‘The Beat’ vocalist Dave Wakeling chance to team up and form a new band. As a result, ‘General Public’ was born. The band produced hit songs like ‘Tenderness’ and ‘I’ll Take You There’. After 4 years ‘General Public’ broke up and Roger tried his hand at a solo career with the album ‘Radical Departure’.

Over the years Roger collaborated with many different artists such as ‘The Police’ and ‘The Clash’.

Ranking Roger: Awards, Nominations

As far as Roger’s Awards are concerned, he hasn’t won any significant award but he has sung many chart-worthy songs.

Ranking Roger: Net Worth, Income, Salary

Roger had not revealed his salary. Furthermore, there are no details available about his estimated net worth.

Ranking Roger: Rumors and Controversy/Scandal

Roger had not been involved in any notable controversies in his career. Furthermore, at present, there are no rumors concerning his life and career.

Ranking Roger’s Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Body Size

Talking about his body measurement, there are no details available about Roger’s height and weight. His hair color and his eye color both are black.

Though Roger is no longer around, the verified Twitter account in his name is still active and has 10k followers.

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Birth nameRoger Charlery
Born(1963-02-21)21 February 1963
Birmingham, England
Died26 March 2019(2019-03-26) (aged 56)
Birmingham, England
Genres2-tone, ska, new wave, punk rock, electronic
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals, toasting
Years active1978–2019
LabelsIRS, Paras
Associated actsThe Beat, General Public, Big Audio Dynamite, Dum Dum Boys

Musical artist

Roger Charlery (21 February 1963 – 26 March 2019), known professionally as Ranking Roger,[1][2][3][4] was a British musician. He was a vocalist in the 1980s two-tone band the Beat (known in North America as the English Beat) and later General Public. He subsequently headed up a reformed Beat lineup.

The "Ranking" moniker is short for "top-ranking" or "high-ranking", and was a titular boast common amongst reggae music MCs.[5]

Early life[edit]

Roger Charlery was born in Birmingham, England, and grew up in the Small Heath area of the city.[6] The son of Jean Baptiste Charlery and his wife Anne Marie, he was of West Indian descent; his mother and father were from Saint Lucia. He attended Archbishop Williams school, and while still at school began deejaying with reggae sound systems before becoming a drummer with the Dum Dum Boys in 1978.[7][8][9]

1970s–2001[edit]

Roger became a punk rock fan as a teenager and was the drummer in the Dum Dum Boys before joining ska revival pioneers the Beat in the late 1970s. The Dum Dum Boys' first gig was with the Beat and his burgeoning friendship with them meant he began to gatecrash their gigs, take the mic, and start toasting.[10] He had appeared on stage, toasting and singing with them, many times before officially joining the band. His energetic style and Jamaican-influenced vocals, paired with Dave Wakeling, were crucial in distinguishing the band from the other second-wave ska bands. The Beat released three albums: the critically acclaimed and seminal I Just Can't Stop It (1980), Wha'ppen? (1981) and Special Beat Service (1982).[2]

Music journalist Richard Grabel wrote in 1985: "In the Beat, his role was mainly to 'toast' — Jamaican slang for the rhythmic raps that Roger would interject into the middle of the Beat's songs. But those toasts often contained the songs' most important emotional messages. Beyond that, Roger was the one whose looseness and humor, great dancing and general presence made the Beat happen on stage."[11]

In 1981, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash invited him to sing on a version of "Rock the Casbah" which was released in 2015.[12]

After the Beat's 1983 break-up, Roger and Wakeling formed General Public with former members of Dexys Midnight Runners and Horace Panter of the Specials.[13] Roger took more of a leading role with vocals in this group.[11] They released the album All the Rage, aided by the single "Tenderness". Three years later, they released Hand to Mouth, which was less successful, and the band split up.

In 1995, Roger and Wakeling reformed General Public with a new supporting band, and released the album Rub It Better. The duo also worked on various projects and reunited for the 1994 Threesomesoundtrack, recording a cover of "I'll Take You There".[14]

Roger released Radical Departure, his first solo album, in 1988 which included band members Panter and Fuzz Townshend.[15] The single "So Excited" reached #23 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.[16] On 2001's Inside My Head, Roger pursued a more dance/electronic sound.[17]

Collaborations[edit]

In the early 1990s, Roger joined members of the Specials to form the new band Special Beat which released two live albums.[18] In 1996, he sang back-up and toasting on the new version of "The Bed's Too Big Without You" on Sting's "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" CD-Maxi single. The rock band Smash Mouth featured Roger on their song "You Are My Number One" in 2003.[19]

He collaborated with Pato Banton in 1995 on "Bubbling Hot", which reached number 15 on the UK single charts.[20]

Ranking Roger, with his daughter Saffren Murphy and son Ranking Junior

In 2005, the Beat re-formed, with Roger and Everett Morton of the original line-up, with Roger's son, Ranking Junior also on vocals. Performing some new material, the Beat performed at Glastonbury the same year, where Roger was joined by Ranking Junior.[21]

Roger sang on "Roxanne" on stage with the Police on their 2007 world tour.[22] He was a guest performer on Big Audio Dynamite's seventh album Higher Power in 1994 when the band were known as simply 'Big Audio'. He later became a member of Big Audio Dynamite for their final studio album Entering a New Ride (1997).[23]

Roger contributed to Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge, written by Daniel Rachel and published in 2016.[24]

Later work[edit]

Roger continued to lead the Beat and tours throughout Europe as well as works on solo projects. In his last years he released a series of new albums. 2013 saw the release of Retrospective, an album of solo work recorded over the 25 years since the break-up of General Public, featuring various artists and producers including Sly and Robbie,[25] and songs such as "Bubbling Hot" (the 1994 hit collaboration with Pato Banton) and a cover of "The Bed's Too Big Without You" (first recorded with Sting for the 1996 film The Truth About Cats & Dogs[26]).

Live in London was released in 2013 – a live recording of the Beat playing at 229 The Venue, featuring some of their greatest hits as well as new tracks by Roger and Ranking Junior.[27]

2014’s Pop Off the Head Top consisted of entirely new compositions, including additional vocals and song writing from Ranking Junior. They recorded tracks for this project with Hugh Harris from London, Dopegrinders from Brighton and Mr. Anonymous from Colorado. Other key tracks involved the Italian producer AleXannA whose version of “16 Tons” features vocals by Roger, Ranking Junior, and Roger’s daughter Saffren Murphy.[28]

Rock the Casbah,[29] released in 2015 in collaboration with the charity Strummerville (founded by the friends and family of Joe Strummer to support aspiring musicians and projects that create social mobility through music) is a five-track EP which features a previously unheard version of "Rock the Casbah", which Joe Strummer and Mick Jones of the Clash had asked Roger to sing on back in 1981, re-recorded by the Brighton producers Dopegrinders, and using the original stems donated by Mick Jones. The EP features new tracks by Roger, Ranking Junior and Hugh Harris as well as a re-working of "Muscle Ska", co-written by Roger and Neville Staple from the Specials.

In September 2016, DMF released Bounce; the first new album by the Beat in 30 years. Written by Ranking Roger, Mick Lister and Ranking Junior, it was produced by Mick Lister and mixed by Tim Hamill and Mick Lister, with the exception of "Side to Side" and "My Dream", which were mixed by Dennis Bovell. The album was recorded in Roger's 'eco-friendly hideaway' – a round recording studio in his back garden, which he called The Pod.[8][30] The album received generally positive reviews[31] with reviewers typically praising the band's 'passionately political edge'[32] and pointing to how the album 'encompasses every aspect of one of the most musically diverse bands to come out of the multi-racial, multi-cultural explosion that made British pop music what it was in the 80’s'.[33]

The band continues to tour and currently features Roger’s son Ranking Junior (real name Matthew Murphy), with drummers Oscar Harrison of Ocean Colour Scene and Fuzz Townshend of Pop Will Eat Itself. The line-up is completed by Chiko Hamilton on sax, bass guitarist Andy Pearson, Ex. Bad Manners and Specialbeat guitarist Andy Perriss and Bobby Bird of Higher Intelligence Agency.[30][34]

In 2017, the Beat joined fellow 2-tone band the Selecter for a co-headline UK tour,[35] Owing to demand, the tour was extended to cover other countries.[36][37]

In early August 2018, Ranking Roger was hospitalised with a suspected mini-stroke. He recuperated at home, but cancelled planned live shows in the United Kingdom and United States. The band had just finished recording an album and Roger had written his autobiography, I Just Can't Stop It, published June 2019.[38][39]

Personal life and death[edit]

Roger had five children, including son Ranking Junior (Matthew Murphy) and daughter Saffren who both featured with their father in a Beat revival band.[9]

In January 2019, it was announced that Roger had undergone surgery for two brain tumours, and was undergoing treatment for lung cancer.[13] He died at his home in Birmingham on 26 March 2019 at the age of 56.[40][41][42]

In 2021, Ranking Junior teamed up with The Ordinary Boys to record a tribute single to his father called "Legacy".[43]

Discography[edit]

  • Radical Departure (1988)[44]
  • Inside My Head (2001)[44]
  • The Beat (6) Feat. Ranking Roger - Bounce (2016)
  • The Beat (6) Feat. Ranking Roger - Public Confidential (2019)

References[edit]

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  3. ^Jon Pareles, Patricia Romanowski, Holly George-Warren (1997) The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll, Pocket Books, ISBN 978-0-684-81044-7
  4. ^Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p. 246
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  13. ^ ab"Tributes as The Beat star Ranking Roger dies". Bbc.co.uk. 27 March 2019.
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  19. ^You Are My Number One (Media notes). Interscope Records. 2003. SMASHCD5.
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  35. ^"THE BEAT FEAT RANKING ROGER / THE SELECTER CO-HEADLINE SHOW AT LONDON ROUNDHOUSE!". The Beat Official Website. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  36. ^"Pauline Black of the Selecter talks music, politics and the British band's three shows in Southern California this week". LA Daily News. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  37. ^"Pauline Black interview: race, female empowerment and the 2 Tone life". Skiddle. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
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  39. ^"I JUST CAN'T STOP IT". The Beat Official Website. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranking_Roger


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