We are sorry to report that Ranking Roger from The Beat has died.
The charismatic singer was an ace face in the early punk scene and part of the Clash’s extended family before joining The Beat as toaster and was part of the ska band’s chart years when their clever and brilliant records subverted the punky reggae party and created a sound of their own in one of the most loved and brilliant periods of British pop music. Roger was the effervescent and energetic presence in the band and when they reformed he became the frontman.
We knew him well and he was a beautiful soul and a real joy to be around and a great musical spirit. God rest your soul Roger.