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Roger, Rogerlocked

  • David Ades

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(b Rouen, Aug 5, 1911; d France, June 12, 1995). French arranger, composer and conductor. The son of Edmond Roger, a well-known Paris opera conductor and friend of Debussy, he was attracted more to popular music and at 18 formed his first small group for a music hall. This encouraged him to develop his arranging skills, although he also showed a flair for composing. During a long career he accompanied almost every French singer, and his ‘Paris Star Time’ radio series was heard worldwide. He once claimed to have made over 2000 recordings, half of them his own compositions. The Roger style suited the requirements of production music companies, and he worked extensively for the Paris office of Chappells; his ...

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