Born in Kidderminster Worcestershire Roger Jackson as he was born came to London to seek out Joe Meek to attain fame.Roger is a very Charismatic character.Tall and imposing and ex Royal Grenadier.
Roger did eventually find Joe Meek at his studio in The Holloway Road North London,and offer his services as a Keyboard player.He got the Job replacing the brief member "Norman Hale"..
His first recording was not a bad one "TELSTAR" FRom Then on it was all downhill
Rogers Keyboard Playing is an Integral part of the Tornados.His sound was very unique for the time
His greatest work being "Telstar" with magnificient peaks and Troughs of emotion .
I like his rock n Roll Playing too listen to "My Babe" from The Tornados Rock EP Great rocking solo from Roger brilliant playing.
Roger made a solo record with Joe Meek on The Decca Label called "Christmas Stocking" another thundering piece very powerful.
After The Tornados Roger was one of the few celebrities, to ever match Errol Flynn. For powerful personality and Magnetism.A firm Ladies Favourite.
He was next heard of In Mexico as El Lobo The Wolf a Piano Player and Hollywood Actor.He became very Famous in Mexico on ads and Films and Playing releasing many LP's whilst there.
Unfortunately he suffered from crippling arthritis in his hands and had to come home.
Roger still records and has new single coming out soon called Piano CD single it is brilliant along with a track called "Winklefeffer's Boogie and " The Theme For The Silver Wolf" also to be included on the CD is an extended version of Piano a really catchy tune look out for it soon
His Fame and Fortune preceded him .Always in the Limelight.Never one to shirk a challenge Roger attempted the World Record for Playing The Piano for the longest time, and acheived it.I do not know if he still, holds the record.
Roger has been Married 8 Times.He is now Married to a Mexican Lady Maria and Lives In London.Roger also Produced Jet Harris on the SRT Label in The 1970's Roger has recently been very ill with Cancer but has made agreat recovery-He has a new CD coming out see Roger Lavernes site and I will advertise it on here soon when he has sent me a copy with a review.Roger is going strong and look out for his Autobiography soon will be a cant put down Tome
Record Releases: all Decca
Love & Fury/Popeye Twist F11449
Telstar/Jungle Fever F11494
Locomotion With Me F11562
Robot/Life On Venus F11606
The Ice Cream Man/
Scales Of Justice F11662
Hymn For Teenagers F11745
Christmas Stocking.Reindeer Ride Decca F11791 with The Microns
Sing A Long Piano Party.SRT
The Sounds Of: DFE8510
Telstar: DFE 8511
More Sounds From: DFE 8521
Tornado Rock DFE 8533
Away From It All LK 4552
The World Of: SPA 253
Remembering REM 4
(The World of & Remembering also
released on Cassette)
The Original Tornados:
Telstar/Red Rocket SRT 75350
IS WITH GREAT SADNESS I HAVE TO REPORT ROGER
HAS PASSED AWAY RECENTLY.AFTER A LONG BATTLE WITH
CANCER-A TRUE FRIEND AND WONDERFUL
FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO "TELSTAR" BY THE
TORNADOS NO.1 IN THE USA LONG BEFORE THE
BEATLES.HE ALSO MADE MANY MORE
RECORDS NOTABLY.CHRISTMAS STOCKING WITH THE
MICRONS.HE ALSO DID A LOT OF WORK FOR CHARITY.
|1ROGER LAVERN OBITUARY-SHUTTLE NEWSPAPER KIDDERMINSTER