Thursday, June 20, 2024

RIP Remembering Ranking Roger, Brilliant Singer of the English Beat, General Public, Buried Today in England at Age 56


Ranking Roger, aka Roger Charlery, was one half of the brilliant groups the English Beat and General Public. He died on March 26, and was buried today in Birmingham, England at age 56. His partner was Dave Wakeling, whom I’ve seen more recently. I don’t know if I ever met Roger in person, but he gave the world so much pleasure with his songs. I’m sorry I didn’t say something sooner. Records by both groups are just glorious, and Roger’s contribution was indelible. His death sounds like it was pretty awful: two brain tumors, and lung cancer. A man who made such beautiful music doesn’t deserve that. But in heaven, he’s probably top of the pops. Thank you, Roger.

I could listen to these records all day:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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