Roger Chapman

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s 2000s


8 April 1942, Leicester, England. ‘Chappo’ sprang howling in the world’s face as frontman for Family in 1966, having already worked in the business for eight years. He had progressed from local groups covering the likes of Ray Charles and the Coasters to a Beatlesque sojourn in Germany with the (UK) Exciters. When Ric Grech left the Exciters to join the Leicester-based Farinas, Chapman followed. Changing their name to Family they moved to London in 1966, where their tight arrangements, augmented by the singular combination of violin and saxophone, laid a solid base for Chapman’s searing delivery, and they had an immediate impact on the ‘underground’ scene. When Family broke up in 1973 the Chapman/Whitney songwriting partnership was continued in Streetwalkers, producing some memorable live performances (including supporting the Who at Charlton in 1976) and some excellent hard rocking albums. However, after three years of mixed success...

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