Music mourns the death of Ranking Roger

The British music family is mourning the death of one of its most popular characters – Ranking Roger.

The Birmingham born singer was best known as frontman with The Beat, he also worked with big names including The Clash and Sting and led the way in bringing Jamaican music into the mainstream.

He was diagnosed with cancer in Autumn 2018 and died on March 26 aged 56.

Tributes to Roger have been paid across the music world and a statement on The Beat’s official website says: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.

“Our hearts and commiserations go out to his family, his friends, his loved ones, his band mates (past and present) and of course to all his fans. 

“It has been an enormous honour and privilege for us all to have been a part of his life.”

Roger visited Base Studios on a number of occasions, here as our tribute is an interview with him, recorded in 2010.

RIP Ranking Roger