Roger Taylor (Queen drummer)

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Roger Meddows Taylor (born 26 July 1949) is an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of the rock band Queen, but has also served as an occasional songwriter and lead vocalist. As a drummer, he is renowned for his unique sound and is considered one of the most influential rock drummers of the 1970s and 1980s. As a songwriter, Taylor contributed songs to the band's albums from the very beginning, composing at least one track on every album, and (in the early days) usually singing lead vocals on his own compositions. He also wrote six of the band's hits, "Radio Ga Ga", "A Kind of Magic","Heaven For Everyone", "Breakthru", "The Invisible Man", and "These Are the Days of Our Lives". as well as co-writing the UK number 1's 'Under Pressure' and 'Innuendo', a track for which he wrote the lyrics and guided the overall formulation. He is also commonly known to have been the main writer on the international Top Ten hit 'One Vision', although the track is credited to the whole band. He has collaborated with such artists as Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Phil Collins, Genesis, Jimmy Nail, Elton John, Gary Numan, Shakin' Stevens, Foo Fighters, Al Stewart, Steve Vai, Yoshiki Hayashi, Cherie, and Bon Jovi. As a producer, he has produced albums by Virginia Wolf, Jimmy Nail and Magnum. He currently resides in Guildford, Surrey, but also has a home in Helford, Cornwall.

In addition to his drum work, Taylor routinely played keyboards, guitars and bass on his own songs. During the 1980s, in addition to his work with Queen, he formed a parallel band known as the Cross, in which he was the lead vocalist and the rhythm guitarist. During the early 1980s, Taylor was also a panelist on the popular UK quiz show Pop Quiz, hosted by Mike Read.

In 2005, he was voted by UK fans as the eighth greatest drummer in classic rock music history, in a poll conducted by Planet Rock Radio. According to The Sunday Times Rich List he was worth £80 million or around $127 million in 2011. In 2014, he appeared in The Life of Rock with Brian Pern as himself.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Fun in Space Roger Taylor 2
1984 Strange Frontier Roger Taylor 2
1994 Happiness? Roger Taylor 2
1994 Foreign Sand Roger Taylor & YOSHIKI 3
1998 Electric Fire Roger Taylor 1
2013 Fun on Earth Roger Taylor 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1977 I Wanna Testify Roger Taylor 1
1981 Future Management Roger Taylor 1
1981 My Country Roger Taylor 1
1984 Man on Fire Roger Taylor 2
1984 Strange Frontier Roger Taylor 2
1994 Nazis 1994 Roger Taylor 3
1994 Happiness Roger Taylor 3
1998 Pressure On Roger Taylor 2
1999 Surrender Roger Taylor 2
2009 The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken) Roger Taylor 5 2

Other

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 The Lot Roger Taylor 1

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