Roger Meddows Taylor - Biography

Biography - Roger Meddows Taylor from Queen

Full Name:
Roger Meddows Taylor
Born: 26 July 1949
Place: King's Lynn Hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK
Parents: Winifred (nee Hickman) & Michael Taylor
Height: 179cm
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Marital Status: In a relationship with
Sarina Potgieter
Children: Felix Luther (22nd May 1980), Rory Eleanor (29th May 1986), Rufus Tiger (8 March 1991), Tiger Lily (10 October 1994) , Lola Daisy May (9th April 2000)
Schools: Gaywood Primary (King's Lynn), Bosvigo School (Truro), Truro School (Truro)
Colleges: London Hosptial Medical School, Imperial College (London)
Degree: Biology BSc (Hons)
Early bands: The Bubblingover Boys, Beat Unlimited (Cousin Jacks), Johnny Quale and the Reaction (the Reaction), Smile
Other bands: Queen, The Cross
Favourite Musician: Jimi Hendrix
Favourite Group: The Who
Favourite Albums: Hendrix's Electric Ladyland, The Beatles' White Album
Music which influenced you most: Guitar music since 1950. Rock - especially Hendrix & Dylan
Musicians most influenced by: Hendrix, Hank Marvin, John Bonham, David Bowie
Groups and types of music you hate: Osmonds, Carpenters, Ray Conif (sic) and other such muzak rubbish
Favourite Book: On The Road (Jack Kerouac), Dune (Frank Herbert)
Favourite Writer: Jack Kerouac, CS Lewis
Favourite Movies: '2001', 'A Clockwork Orange', 'King Kong' (original of course!) & 'The Great Race',
Favourite Colour: Silver
Favourite Actor: Tony Curtis
Favourite Actress: Jane Fonda
Country you love best: Don't know till I've seen them all
Favourite Food: Japanese
Favourite Drink: Southern Comfort
Instrument you play on stage (in detail): Drums - large 5 drum Ludwig kit with 26 inch bass drum and assorted percussion
What were you doing before you started playing professionally: Dental than biology student
Your dreams: To be rich, famous, happy and popular and everything else everyone wants to be but won't admit to
Special talent other than music: Academic and good talker/Bullshitter

Reference: Queen, George Tremletts, Futura Publishing, 1976 (extracted from unknown webpage author)

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Isis's Favourite Roger Taylor Quotes:

“I am an optimist and I always think the good will come out”
-Roger Taylor-

“We don’t want to become old, rich and useless”
-Roger Taylor-

“For every up, every little bit of happiness you get, you know, you must probably have a little trough – a little down and there is a balance and that’s the deal”
-Roger Taylor-

“Live with your memories and keep them as memories and that’s great. Forget the bad times just remember the good ones and you know and hope tomorrow is a good day”
-Roger Taylor-

Queen Book Quotes:

The Early Years: By Mark Hodkin

"...The party...was traveling along the A30 to a booking at Dobwalls Village Hall, just a mile or so outside Liskeard. They passed through the village of Indian Queens and ran into fog and driving rain on Goss Moor where the road is picked put through marshland and cotton grass. There was suddenly a great collision and the van somersaulted and landed on its roof. "I remember the van turning over , it seemed to happen in slow motion," said Rick Penrose. "There was a deadly silence and then the sound of metal scraping on the road as we slide along".

They had crashed into a fish van left parked without any lights on, only half on the pavement. Roger was flung through the wind-screen but miraculously unhurt. Michael Dudley suffered a broken hand nose, Marian Little a cut chest, and Valerie Burrows internal stomach injuries. "I was covered in glass," said Rick Penrose. "I looked quiet a mess. They had to use tweezers to get the glass out of me. For months this glass kept coming out of my skin. If I rubbed my leg I would cut myself because the glass was still underneath it."...

...Although Roger Taylor had no physical injury, he suffered psychologically for some time afterwards. Everyone including Dorothy Gill-Carey, absolved him of any guilt but he was obviously distraught, though he mainly kept it to himself. "We were younger then and able to bounce back from that sort of thing," said Rick. "We just decided to get on with it, it was no one's fault." Roger's father, Michael Taylor, reportedly spent the night of the accident walking the cliffs, something he did often when the family was beset by troubles...poor Roger had a cloud over his head - would he be blamed for the accident?..."

(Hodkin (1995 & 2004) Queen The Early Years, pg36-37)