A Introspective Analysis of Roger Taylor and his Music
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Hi my name in Nicole aka Isis off the Aussie Queens and Queen Online Chat forum boards. I have become a huge Roger Taylor fan since I began playing the drum kit. I was always into music and have played the oboe and bagpipes at various times in my life but have finally settled on the drums. I am a Queen fan, but my main musical muse in life is Queen's Drummer: Roger Taylor. His life story and musical ability has inspired me in many ways to dig deep within myself and see what I, as a musician, can create for myself musically and artistically.
a result of this self journey and with heaps of inspiration from the mountain
of data I have on Roger, this web site is something I feel I need to do.
I want to share with everyone just how great this guy is and how much
of impact he has on me as a musician. I felt that others should be able
to share in some of information I have on Roger Taylor. This web site
gives me an opportunity for me to be able to say "Thank you to Mr
Taylor for the inspiration". I have dedicated this web site to Roger
Taylor to help share his story with other Fans.
Roger Meddows Taylor The Drummer From Queen
Roger had attended his first school, Gaywood Primary in King's Lynn, for three years when the family, now including sister Clare, born in 1953, decided to make the major move down to Truro in Cornwall where Roger was enrolled at Bosvigo School
In 1957, aged eight, Roger was watching his cousin play simple tunes on his guitar and decided then and there he wanted a guitar too. At first he made do with a ukulele, on which he taught himself basic chords. It was enough to persuade him, even at that age, that he should form a band - there might be money to be made here!
The band were called the Bubblingover Boys and played skiffle music. Roger played, or tried to play, the ukulele, someone else had a tea-chest bass, and a couple of other lads had guitars
Bubblingover Boys played just once more, at the Bosvigo School at a school
dance. It was a short-lived venture, one reason being that none of them
were very good at it, and another that in May 1960 Roger started at the
Truro Cathedral School and left behind his fellow band members. He was
awarded a choral scholarship to the school, which involved joining the
cathedral choir. He was an unwilling member of that elite fellowship,
as it involved singing three times every Sunday and at special services
In September 1960, Roger won a place at Truro School. This public school was academically the best in the area, and Roger was the only pupil from the cathedral school to get a free place there. It was a boarding school but as Roger lived nearby he went as a day boy.
The joys of playing guitar were already beginning to fade for Roger, and he found himself more and more drawn to percussion. He started off by bashing upturned saucepans with his mother's knitting needles, using the lids as cymbals. He actually found a snare drum one day while out playing with friends, and was given a hi-hat cymbal. For Christmas 1961, his father presented him with a bass drum and a tom-tom - he had picked up both for £12 and had mended and polished them. Although it was a mismatched kit, Roger was exceedingly proud of it. He went out after Christmas and bought himself a brand new Zildjian crash cymbal for eight shillings - his first proper cymbal - and eventually another tom-tom as well.
During 1963 he and some friends formed a band. They called themselves the Cousin Jacks. Roger was initially their rhythm guitarist, but he didn't enjoy this, and subsequently took over on drums, where he felt far more comfortable. The band split after a year.
1965 Roger joined a local band called Johnny Quale and the Reaction. On
15 March, after rehearsing together for a couple of weeks, they considered
themselves competent to enter 'The Rock and Rhythm Championship', an annual
event run by the Round Table in Truro City Hall, at which bands from all
over Cornwall and Devon would compete. Johnny Quale and the Reaction came
September 1965 saw Johnny, the lead singer, leaving the band. His departure came just before they were booked to play a gig, so Roger, the only one left who could sing, took over on lead vocals. They dropped the first part of the name and became Reaction. On 7 March 1966, Reaction entered the Rock and Rhythm Championship again, this time with Roger on lead vocals. The hard work and endless gigging over the past year paid off, and they won.
Even though he was busy with Reaction, Roger's school work didn't suffer, and he left Truro School in the summer of 1967 with seven O levels- in English language, English literature, biology, physics, chemistry, French and math. He also had three A levels in biology, chemistry and physics. By this time he had heeded the advice of his teachers, decided on a career in dentistry and been accepted at the London Hospital Medical School.
Reaction eventually split in the summer of 1968 when Roger went back to London. Roger went back to university intent on getting into another band. His appetite for fame and fortune was keen and he read the music press regularly, looking for an opportunity. In early autumn Les Brown noticed a postcard pinned to the Imperial College noticeboard asking for a 'Ginger Baker/Mitch Mitchell type drummer' for a new band. He passed on the information to Roger, who, intrigued, contacted the name on the card the following day. It was Brian May, of Queen.
was the first member of Queen to start a solo career. He began it way
back in 1981 with the release of Fun In Space - which is a fab album!
He then released Strange Frontier in 1984. He formed a new band called
The Cross in 1988.The members of The Cross were Spike Edney (Keyboards)
Josh MacCrae (Drums) Clayton Moss (Guitar) Peter Noone (Bass) and our
Roger (lead vocals). They released their debut album, Shove It, in 1988,
Roger wrote all the songs. The Cross made two more albums, Mad Bad And
Dangerous To Know, and Blue Rock before they split up. Roger recorded
Happiness? In 1994, one of the songs off the album was banned, Nazis 1994.
He had to change the lyrics to "Stop these stinking Nazis" instead
of "Kick these f**king Nazis". Roger's latest album, Electric
Fire was released in 1998 - and to promote the album, he appeared on TFI
Friday, a program on Channel 4 in the UK. He sang Radio Ga Ga, and No
More Fun while there, and he went down a storm.
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