Roger Troutman (Roger Troutman, funk musician in Zapp)

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Roger Troutman (November 29, 1951 – April 25, 1999), also known mononymously as Roger, was an American composer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and the founder of the band Zapp who helped spearhead the funk movement and heavily influenced west coast hip hop due to the scene's heavy sampling of his music over the years. Troutman was well known for his use of the talk box, a device that is connected to an instrument (frequently a keyboard, but most commonly a guitar) to create different vocal effects. Roger used a custom-made talkbox—the Electro Harmonix "Golden Throat," as well as a Moog Minimoog and later in his career a Yamaha DX100 FM synthesizer. As both band leader of Zapp and in his subsequent solo releases, he scored a bevy of funk and R&B hits throughout the 1980s.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 The Many Facets of Roger Roger 2
1984 The Saga Continues... Roger 1
1987 Unlimited! Roger 1
1991 Bridging the Gap Roger 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 All the Greatest Hits Zapp & Roger 2
1996 The Compilation: Greatest Hits II and More Zapp & Roger 1
2001 The Zapp & Roger Anthology: We Can Make You Dance Zapp & Roger 1

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