Kingslynn, Norfolk, England
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Roger Meddows Taylor (born 26 July 1949), known as Roger Taylor, is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the drummer, backing vocalist and occasional lead vocalist of British rock band Queen. As a drummer he is known for his "big" 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 four of the band's hits, "Radio Ga Ga", "A Kind of Magic", "The Invisible Man", and "These Are the Days of Our Lives". He plays multiple instruments, including guitar, bass and keyboards, as heard on his debut solo album in which he played all instruments and sang all vocals. He has played 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.
Soundtrack, Actor/Actress, Producer
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Before drumming with Queen, Roger Taylor was the drummer in the late `60s hard rock band, Smile, along with future Queen guitarist Brian May. In 1970, that group morphed into Queen with the addition of flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury. Over the next decade, Taylor would generally write one or two songs per Queen album, usually singing on his own compositions. The first member of the band to start a solo career, Taylor released his single "I Wanna Testify" in 1977. Although it failed to chart, that did not deter the drummer from recording a solo album, Fun in Space (1981). A modest success, the album showed Taylor performing more straightforward and political rock music than Queen. He followed with 1984`s Strange Frontier, which sounded similar to Bruce Springsteen`s music of the same period. After Queen`s Magic Tour in 1986, Taylor formed his own band, the Cross, for which he played guitar. The group released three albums between 1987 and 1991, but never received much interest in England. After Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, Taylor returned to a solo career, releasing Happiness? in 1994. It`s first single, "Nazis 1994," was banned by Radio 1 and several stores as it was feared it would lead to neo-Nazi riots. Nonetheless, "Nazis 1994" became Taylor`s first hit single in England and was followed by two other Top 40 U.K. hits, "Happiness" and "Foreign Sand." Electric Fire, which saw Taylor add some slight electronica elements to his rock sound, was released in 1998.
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Truro Cathedral School (1967)
Dentistry, London Hospital Medical School
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Roger Meddows Taylor
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Winifred (née Hickman)
Claire (younger sister, born in 1953)
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith frontman), Bob Geldof
Brian May (guitarrist from Queen), Freddie Mercury (Queen singer), John Deacon (Queen bassist)
Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix
The Marx Brothers
2001: A Space Odyssey , A Clockwork Orange , King Kong , The Great Race 
On the Road (Jack Kerouac) , Dune (Frank Herbert) 
Will make up his mind when he sees them all!
His voice spans three and a half octaves
Felix Luther Taylor (son), Rory Eleanor Taylor (daughter), Rufus Taylor (son) (drummer), Tiger Lily Taylor (daughter), Lola Taylor (daughter)
Vocalist, song-writer, guitarrist, musician, producer
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