Who was Ranking Roger and which were The Beat and General Public’s singer most memorable songs?


FANS of The Beat and General Public are mourning the death of Ranking Roger, who passed away at the age of 56.

We take a look at the life and career of the late singer.

Ranking Roger has passed away aged 56
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Who was Ranking Roger?

The reggae singer, whose real name is Roger Charlery, is best known for being in the band The Beat and later General Public.

The late singer was born in Birmingham on February 21, 1963 and became a Punk rock fan as a teen.

He went on to play the drums in the Nam Nam boys before joining ska revival band The Beats in the late 70s.

After this he moved on to General Public in 1984.

In the 1990s, Roger joined the band The Specials which he transformed into Special Beat which released two live albums.

The singer was known for his bands The Beat and General Republic
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How did Ranking Roger die?

Roger’s cause of death is yet to be revealed.

He died at his home on the morning of March 26, 2019 at the age of 56.

In January 2019 it was revealed that Roger had suffered a stroke over the summer of 2018 and was diagnosed with two brain tumours and lung cancer.

Tributes poured in for the late singer
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What tributes have been for Ranking Roger?

Roger’s band members The Beat took to Twitter to share their heartbreak.

In a heartfelt statement they said: “RIP @RankingRoger who sadly past away peacefully at home with family by his side early today. Roger was a fighter.”

Roger’s former bandmates said: “Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. more to follow in the coming days. RIP Roger.”

The Specials bassist Horace Panter tweeted: “So sad to hear this. Sincere condolences to Angie, his children and fellow band members. Too young. #RIP Roger… good memories! Horace & Clare X”

Singer Billy Bragg tweeted: “Very sorry to hear that ranking Roger has passed away. Rest easy, Rude Boy.”

UB40 extended their condolences: “R.I.P Ranking Roger, Big Love UB40.”

Meanwhile, Matt Hoy, a touring vocalist with reggae group UB40, wrote on Instagram: “Rest in Peace Ranking Roger, such sad news!! Lovely guy… Way [too] young!! Condolences to his family.”

Songwriter Billy Bragg said: “Rest easy, Rude Boy.”

While Pauline Black, who fronted two-tone band the Selecter, posted a short excerpt from Hamlet, which read: “Goodnight sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

What were The Beat and General Public’s biggest songs?

The Beat

  • Mirror In The Bathroom (1980)
  • Stand Down Margaret (1981)
  • Tears of a Clown (1980)
  • Save It For Later (1982)

General Republic

  • Tenderness (1984)
  • never You Done That (1984)
  • Hot You’re Cool (1984)
  • Too Much or Nothing (1986)




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