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Roger

Best known as the leader, founder, songwriter, singer, and guitarist of early-'80s funk masters Zapp, Roger Troutman (better known simply as "Roger") also forged a successful solo career. Born November 29, 1951, in Hamilton, OH, Troutman was the fourth child in a family of nine kids, and gravitated toward music at an extremely early age; he was only five years old when he received his first guitar. It wasn't long before the young musician was playing in local bands, including one outfit called the Crusaders at the age of 11, a band that also later included Roger's brother, Lester, on drums. The group broke up in the early '60s, but Roger and Lester stuck together, as Roger became influenced by such R&B legends as B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Jackson, and Junior Walker, in addition to such then-current chart-toppers as the Temptations, Wilson Pickett, and the Beatles. By the late '60s, Roger had added Hammond organ to his resumé of instruments, while two other Troutman brothers joined up with Roger and Lester -- Tony (bass) and Larry (percussion) -- forming Roger & the Human Body.

It wasn't long before Roger and his brothers became enraptured by such funk/rock artists as Jimi Hendrix, the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, and Funkadelic, whose earthy sounds began to reflect in the brothers' own music. Playing shows all over the U.S. and Canada, the group added another Troutman brother to their ranks by 1977, Terry, who went by the nickname of "Zapp," which soon became the group's new name. Shortly thereafter, Bootsy Collins' brother, Phelps "Catfish" Collins, happened to catch a gig by Zapp, who put them in touch with Bootsy, who then brought them to the attention of George Clinton. Clinton promptly signing the group to his own custom label, Uncle Jam (a subsidiary of Columbia Records). Taking Roger and company under his wing, Clinton got the group's leader a performance spot at the first (and only) Funk Awards in December 1979, introducing Roger Troutman as the most talented musician he'd ever seen in his life. His show-stopping performance created a buzz for Zapp's self-titled debut release, issued in 1980 (due to contractual red tape, the album ultimately was not issued via Clinton's label, but through Warner Bros.).

Zapp (who also went by the name of "Zapp & Roger") quickly established themselves as one of funk's finest, issuing such further albums as 1982's Zapp II, 1983's Zapp III, 1984's The New Zapp IV U, and 1989's Zapp V; in addition to spawning such hit singles as "More Bounce to the Ounce," "Be Alright," "Dance Floor (Part I)," "Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)," "I Can Make You Dance (Part I)," and "Computer Love." Along with his Zapp duties, Roger also made time to issue solo albums (mixing R&B standards with originals), including such titles as 1981's The Many Facets of Roger, 1984's The Saga Continues, 1987's Unlimited!, and 1991's Bridging the Gap; while scoring such hit singles as a cover of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Part I)" and "I Want to Be Your Man."

But by the end of the '80s, the hits and the public's interest in the group began to dwindle. Just as it appeared that Zapp & Roger had fallen off the radar screen by the early '90s, a whole new generation of rap and R&B artists began sampling bits from the group's catalogue; including such renowned artists as MC Hammer, Kris Kross, Blackstreet, Michael and Janet Jackson, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg. As a result, there was a new heightened interest in the Zapp & Roger, as evidenced by the brisk sales of the 1993 17-track collection All the Greatest Hits, which obtained platinum certification by 1996. However, tragedy was lurking right around the corner, as Roger was shot to death on April 25, 1999, by his brother Larry (who then turned the gun on himself). In 2002, a reissue of The Many Facets of Roger was released via Rhino Records, which included several previously unreleased bonus tracks. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dark Matter

1. Unpredictable

2. Teardrops

3. Creeps Like Me

4. Wasted Days

5. Dull

6. Beautiful

7. Beans On Toast

8. Shaky Paper Hands

9. Albuquerque

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Track List: The Saga Continues...

1. In The Mix

2. Play Your Guitar, Brother Roger

3. The Break Song

4. I Keep Trying

5. Midnight Hour

6. Bucket Of Blood

7. T C Song

8. Girl, Cut It Out

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Track List: Rhino Hi-Five: Roger

1. Do It Roger

2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

3. I Want To Be Your Man

4. In The Mix

5. Midnight Hour (Part I Single Version)

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Track List: Natural

1. Descenso

2. Te Vas De Mi

3. Una Vez

4. Hoy Vengo A Verte

5. Los Miserables

6. Escucha Mi Cancion

7. Sin Historia

8. Razon De Mas

9. Sueños

10. Natural

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Track List: Unlimited!

1. I Want To Be Your Man

2. Night And Day

3. Been This Way Before (Rap)

4. Composition To Commemorate (May 30, 1918)

5. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

6. Thrill Seekers

7. Tender Moments

8. If You're Serious

9. Private Lover

10. I Really Want To Be Your Man

11. Bedistgutarist-A-Rown

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Track List: The Many Facets Of Roger

1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

2. So Ruff, So Tuff

3. A Chunk Of Sugar

4. Do It Roger

5. Maxx Axe

6. Blue (A Tribute To The Blues)

7. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Part 1) (Single Version)

8. Do It Roger (Single Version)

9. Superman

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Love this song!!!!!
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Beautiful song RIH ROGER YOUR BEING MISSED
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�������� where the real lovers at?? ��
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When young folks talk about T-Pain...I pull Roger And Zapp and they shut right up !!! LOL...
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Came home Gnnny love you baby ������������
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Ucf games papa in that f*g ok love you too baby's
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specious89
Can't wait for my King to love me down
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Kenneth said he wants to be my man now he is my husband
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I wish I could be his lady
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Roger was a Funk Master at his craft. Truely missed, RIP, Roger!
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Loved his music. Ohio definitely produced some amazing talent.
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Computer love!.! Best song ever! and still now!! .never get tired of it.! Pure genius!! God bless him in heaven. A place for geniuses!!!!
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Happybirthda y cousin roger rip
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Some bad musicians come out of Ohio and he belongs in that group. I seen these guys in concerts and they put it down. Roger/ Zapp. Thanks.....
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F**k love and f**k you joel Rodriguez antoio
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Zapp Roger with love! God bless!
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Love this song my auntie played it alot when i was younger
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RIP Roger. Zapp was one of my faves and still us. i grew up in Dayton suburbs and loved all the funk music. SkateWorld always played the best funk.
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Rip roger
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My dad always plays this song on Sundays love this song Rip
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HERE
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RIP Roger
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❤️️
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It's Friday....we made it another week!! To all~Be Blessed~ have a good safe enjoyable weekend!! KeepURHead2t h e S k y
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sup oldscool dance woowoo
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Dont read this you will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life tomorrow will be the best day of your life now you have started reading this don't stop this is so freaky but if you ignore it you will have bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes when your done press the space-bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Such a great musical genius what a shame
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The reason why .....they left the "D" out - of 'R O _ GER 'because not only was he LATE Again & again known as A GREAT!!!!!!! ! ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ,
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Roreg
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This 'joint'is "BRASS-TACTI C S " i n what your body 'craves' like Breakfast @ Tiff's...... . . & . . . . . i ' m not refering to any start.Other than LORDS of LONDON jewelry!
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This is such a great love song!!☺️
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Love this song R.I. P Roger.
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www.cateyes
RIP,ROGER TROUTMAN,ITS A SHAME YOUR OLDER BROTHER WAS SELFISH AND COLD BLOODED TO KILL YOU THE WAY HE DID,JUST BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO GO SOLO.WHAT A FUCKEN A**HOLE.BUT NO MATTER WHAT YOU'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. YOUR SON IS CARING OUT YOUR LEGEND, YOU'LL BE PROUD OF HIM.WE LOVE YOU ROGER
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I love me some zapp and roger got damn straight���� hate they both had to die so early
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High school sweetheart.. . . w e luv crazy.....bu t real��
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Awesome! Music
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R.i.p. Roger...
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One cool a** dude
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LOVE me some Roger, yes u can be my man.
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Love this song .... ❤️
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Miss his music R I P.
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RIP...the talk box man. What a beautiful song. Are you grooving in heaven?
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no time to comment, busy dancing!!!!!
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R. I. P big Mack
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Roger was cool. Just cool. Surely missed, RIP
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Very much a musical genius!! Still love and listen, I'm now 64yrs young!!!
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Love and basketball
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