Roger Taylor (Queen drummer)
Roger Taylor (born Roger Meddows Taylor; 26 July 1949), is an English musician, singer and songwriter, he is best known as the drummer, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. As a drummer he is known for his unique sound and is considered one of the most influential rock drummers of the 1970s and '80s. 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 sang 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 is considered as a multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, guitar, bass and keyboards, as heard on his debut solo album in which he played all instruments and sang all vocals. 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 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 singer and rhythm guitarist.
In 2005 he was voted by UK fans as the 8th-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.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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