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The Beat (British band)

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Also known asThe English Beat, the British Beat
Associated actsRanking Roger , Pato Banton , General Public , Fine Young Cannibals , the International Beat, Special Beat
GenresNew wave , ska , 2-tone , post-punk
LabelsGo Feet , 2 Tone , London , Sire , I.R.S. , EMI , A&M , Chrysalis
OriginBirmingham , England
Years active1978-1983, 2003, 2006-present
General
MembersThe Beat / The English Beat Dave Wakeling Ranking Roger Andy Cox Everett Morton Saxa David Steele Wesley Magoogan Dave 'Blockhead' Wright The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling Dave Wakeling Nucci Cantrell Matt Morrish Kevin Lum King Schascha Minh Quan Antonee First Class Brad Engstrom

Ranking Roger, who has died aged 56 after suffering from cancer, was singer and frontman For Beat, one of four Big British Ska revival band-along with Specials, Madness and Selecter-To emerge after Punk in the late 1970s. Beats 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 a band toaster, talking in stylised fashion over various song sections in the mode popularise by reggae deejays of the late 60s and early 70s. Later, he pursued solo projects and collaborations with various well-know bands and artists, including Big Audio Dynamite and Sting, before touring and recording with reincarnation of Beat, with whom he worked until his death. Born Roger Charlery in Birmingham to Jean-Baptiste, 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 Dum Dum Boys in 1978. Early in their existence they were supported by another fledgling band, Beat, and Roger was so impressed by their music that he jumped ship to join them. Within year, Beat were sitting at No 6 on UK charts with their debut single, version of Smokey Robinsons Tears of Clown that epitomise what Roger characterise as bands ' happy music with sad lyrics. Drawing heavily on Jamaican musical themes from the 60s but with a distinctly British feel and Punk sensibility, Beat, along with Madness, Specials and Selecter, swiftly became part of the 2-Tone movement, which took its name from the independent label to which each of the bands initially sign. Four of Beats ' first five singles make it into the Top 10, including their third release, Mirror in Bathroom, which peaks at No 4, and Too Nice To Talk To, at No 7. Their debut LP, I Just Cant Stop It, was released in 1980 on their own Go Feet label and featured their most talk-about composition, Stand Down Margaret, which was banned by the BBC and had Rogers toasting To fore as It calling for the resignation of Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Album reaches No 3 in charts, as does its follow Up, Whappen? In 1981. Major tours followed with Clash, Police, 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.

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Career

Beat are 2 Tone Ska revival band founded in Birmingham, England in 1978. Their songs fuse Ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, and their lyrics deal with themes of love, unity and sociopolitical topics. Beat, consisting of Dave Wakeling, Ranking Roger, Andy Cox, David Steele, Everett Morton, and Saxa, released three studio albums in the early 1980s: I Just can't Stop It, wha'ppen? And Special Beat Service, and a string of Singles, including mirror in Bathroom, too Nice To Talk To, Can't Get used To Losing You, hand Off She's Mine and all Out To Get You.

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RIP RANKING ROGER

ROGER Charlery, vocalist of Beat and General Public, better know as Ranking ROGER, has died aged 56. Charlery died on Tuesday at home surrounded by his family, according to a statement on the Beats website. It say: He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter. Sadly, ROGER passed away a few hours ago peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. The Rogers family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in coming days. RIP ROGER! It was revealed in January that the Birmingham-born singer had been diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer. He suffered a stroke last summer. Charlery found Beat in Birmingham in 1978. The band fuse traditional ska music with elements of pop, new wave, punk Rock and latin, and became pioneer in the two-Tone music genre. The band released three studio albums in the early 1980s: I Just Cant Stop It, Whappen? And Special Beat Service. Among Beats ' biggest hits were Mirror in Bathroom, Too Nice To Talk To and their cover versions of Cant Get used To Losing You and Tears of Clown. Beat were most popular in the US and Canada, where the band were known as English Beat for legal reasons and to avoid confusion with American pop-Rock band Beat. Musician and activist Billy Bragg pays tribute to Charlery, who played in bands with members of Specials and Dexys Midnight Runners during his nearly 40-year career. Bragg say: Very sorry to hear that the Ranking ROGER has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy. Matt Hoy, touring vocalist with UB40, sends his condolences to the Charlery family. In a post on Instagram, he write: Rest in Peace Ranking ROGER, Such sad news! Lovely guy. Way To Young! Condolences to his family. Pauline Black, who Front two-Tone revival band Selector, also paid tribute. She posted a short excerpt from Hamlet, which read: Goodnight sweet prince. And flights of angels sang thee To thy Rest. Reggae group UB40 Tweet: RIP Ranking ROGER, Big Love despite health challenges, Charlery released album, Public Confidential, in January and finished a memoir, which will be published this Spring.

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Artist Biography by Mark Deming

One of the key bands of the UK ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s, Beat achieved a near-perfect balance of pop melodies and taut rhythms that made them stars in Britain and won them a substantial cult following in the United States. Front by vocalist and guitarist Dave Wakeling and toaster Ranking Roger, racially integrated Beat were based in Birmingham, England and released their debut single, tears of Clown b / w Ranking Full Stop, through Specials ' 2-Tone label in 1979. Single Go Top Ten in the UK, and they soon struck a deal with Arista to distribute their own Go Feet label. 1980's I Just can't Stop It Go Gold in England on the strength of a single mirror in the Bathroom, and the band's ferocious performances and clever blend of personal and political lyrics make them stars at home. After disappointing sophomore effort, 1981's wha'ppen?, Band came roaring back with 1982's Special Beat Service, more pop-orient set that gives them a wider US audience thanks to MTV's embrace of singles I Confess and save It for Later. The band split at the end of that year, but in the 2000s, both Wakeling and Roger were fielding touring versions of Beat, and Wakeling edition Record new album, 2018's Here We Go Love. Beat formed in 1978, and made their live debut in March 1979 in Birmingham, England, as several other like-mind-ska-influenced bands were beginning to make noise on the UK club scene. Featuring Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums, band soon added vocalist and toaster Ranking Roger, and grow to a sextet with the addition of Saxa, sax player who had worked with ska legends Desmond Dekker, Laurel Aitken, and Prince Buster. As Beat's reputation as a live act grow, were invited to tour with Specials, who invited Beat to make a record for their 2-Tone label. Featuring their cover of Smokey Robinson's tears of Clown on-side and original Ranking Full Stop on flip, Beat's 2-Tone single rose to number six on the UK singles charts, and soon the band were touring as headliners. Eager to have control over their material, they formed their own label for their future releases, Go Feet Records, and they struck an international distribution deal with Arista Records. Beat's debut album, 1980's excellent I Just can't Stop It, was a Top Three hit in England and earned a Gold Record, while the American release, issued under the name English Beat, rose to a respectable 142. Beat tour extensively in support of the album, adding keyboard player Dave Blockhead Wright for live dates in 1981, and dropping their second album, wha'ppen?, In June 1981.

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