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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, Rovi
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3 yes yes yes
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LOVE N BASKETBALL
When Omar Epps looks at Sanna Lathan in her eyes letting her know I wanna be your man.
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This dong reminds me of my ex. Now this is real music I dnt know wat the hell their playin these days, but they needs to stop.
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Life gone too Soon. First time I saw Roger was at Southeast High in KCMO. First musician I had ever been so close too.
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Ok, YOU can be MY man.....hee hee
*hugs & kisses* I will love you always and forever, no matter what Sweetheart!
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The hook is amazing this song is very nice wedding ring and other things
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Best song ever made
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This song reminds me of when my godparents got married to this song
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I must make you understand,, , , I wanna be your man......... !
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mata_monique
Love this jam ��
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I wasn't born yet, but this d ong I love especially on love n basketball.. . .
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Fukken TRUELY A GOLDEN OLDIE.....to jam n boogie to... RIP ... Eze
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Man this really took me..
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This is a great jam
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I luv ready for the world. It brings back so many memories.
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He's dead dude he
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Cold!!!!!!!T h e y were a hell of a group and they put on a mean show till this day
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I love this song even thou its so much older then me ! But age isn't nothing! Lol
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Oh man those High school Dances bring back memories. !!
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That takes me home
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I need a man to call my own for the rest of my life.....Are YOU him?
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I want to be your man..roger
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burself54
Love this song
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1.kiss your hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say your name
5.pick a school day
6.post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
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damitab5
Love this song. Old Skool childhood memories
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Old school
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tragic way this ended
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Oldies but goodies classic...
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When you have someone's new ik he will not let you go cause ur worth everything but when you too are happy together I'll cry my self to sleep I wish I never let you go
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Thank you baby
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Classic
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immykee
Real funk! ! !
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You can.be anything you be too me,friend,lo v e r it up to you.
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I'm going try to be better so i be better lover,friend .
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I think this song just made me wanna cry. Rip Roger. We will miss you.
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I wanna love you BABY
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GBABY you know I'm yours baby
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shippy29
IVE GAINED ALITTLE WEIGHT BUT STILL BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT FAR FROM A PERFECT TOP MODEL THO JUST ME
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NOT FOR ME
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shippy29
DONT HAVE NO TATTOOS
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shippy29
YOU UP H. LOVE G BABY???? DONT WANT TO BOTHER IF YOUR SLEEPING HAPPY XMAS EVE ANGEL
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Sometimes i just like looking at your face and tour the outline of tattoos kissing each one.
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immykee
Great music. Not about capping someone.
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M-hmmm. I sure miss the 80's and 90's! The music was sexy and classy.
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logicplans
"Hey lady let me tell you why...I wanna be your man...better not pass me by cause if you do you will lose a good thing"! Hey!!!! Man I wish men spoke to woman like this in this day an age!! Good music! Tell me how you feel!
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Mmmmm remember all those beautiful picture
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I love this song
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We just seal this with a kisses:-*���
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Live for my man Roger he the best.....
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Why does.it hurt so much,??
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