Ranking Roger – RIP

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“RIP Ranking Roger who sadly past away peacefully at home with family by his side early today. Roger was a fighter” > The Beat

“This is difficult. Words cannot express our sadness at the loss of our friend & brother. A loss to the world and to music certainly, but most keenly felt by those who loved him best. Deepest condolences to his family & to our Beat family worldwide”. > The English Beat

Un’altra dolorosa perdita. A 56 anni scompare Roger Charlery cantante dei The Beat e dei General Public. Ad inizio anno era stato sottoposto ad un intervento chirurgico per rimuovere due tumori alla testa e un cancro ai polmoni mentre solo un anno prima era stato ricoverato per un piccolo infarto. Dopo lo split degli (English) Beat – siamo nel 1983 – Roger forma i General Public con Dave Wakeling e membri di Dexys Midnight Runners e The Specials. Due gli album live realizzati come Special Beat (ancora una joint venture con gli Specials) e tra le tante collaborazioni spicca anche quella con i Big Audio Dynamite. Il figlio Ranking Junior (Matthew Murphy) seguirà le orme del padre e lo ritroviamo nella successiva incarnazione The New English Beat. A gennaio i Beat avevano pubblicato il nuovo album ‘Public Confidential’ tre anni dopo ‘Bounce’. Mentre è attesa anche l’uscita della sua autobiografia: “While Roger has been dealing with his health challenges, he has still found time to finish his biography with his co-writer, Daniel Rachel, and thus he is very proud to announce that it will be published by Omnibus Press this spring or early summer (exact date TBA)”.

Dave WakelingThis is difficult. Words cannot express our sadness at the loss of our friend & brother. A loss to the world and to music certainly, but most keenly felt by those who loved him best. Deepest condolences to his family & to our Beat family worldwide

Billy Bragg > Very sorry to hear that Ranking Roger has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy

Mike MillsSo sad to hear about #RankingRoger. We loved the (English) Beat, and opened for them on multiple tours just so we could watch, listen, and learn. He and his mates brought a lot of joy into the world. R.I.P., Roger.

Lol TolhurstUnfortunately, too many of these to report lately – RIP Ranking Roger, a lovely man gone way too soon.

Flea So sad to hear about Ranking Roger leaving us. I saw him perform with the English Beat and I was absolutely gone in the rhythm and the melody. 💔💔💔 what a great performer and singer. Loved his ‘Tears of a Clown’ so much and of course ‘Mirror in the ‘Bathroom. ‘ he took time to talk with me when I was a teenager and I felt like I was at the center of the universe. The rhcp opened up for general public on our first tour too. ahh man Rest In Peace Roger. He was a true rocker.

The SelecterRIP Roger Charlery aka Ranking Roger. “Goodnight sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”.

UB40R.I.P Ranking Roger. Big Love. UB40

Neville StapleI’m devastated to lose Roger, my Special Beat partner! @SugaryStaple & I have been privately visiting him & his family, at every opportunity over the last 2 of wks, willing him the strength to recover again. Sadly the fight of the lion’s fire has gone out. My whole band and I are so saddened and I will miss Turbo so badly. Rest up Turbo (personal name we had for each other, or Double Turbo when we performed together)