ROGER LAVERNE

roger laverne  in bacardi ad  in mexico

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
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The Tornados
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Love & Fury/Popeye Twist F11449
Telstar/Jungle Fever F11494
Globetrotter/
Locomotion With Me F11562
Robot/Life On Venus F11606
The Ice Cream Man/
Scales Of Justice F11662
Dragonfly/
Hymn For Teenagers F11745
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SOLO RELEASE:
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Christmas Stocking.Reindeer Ride Decca F11791 with The Microns
Sing A Long Piano Party.SRT
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Extended Plays:
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The Sounds Of: DFE8510  
Telstar: DFE 8511
More Sounds From: DFE 8521
Tornado Rock DFE 8533
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ALBUM:

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Away From It All LK 4552
The World Of: SPA 253
Remembering REM 4
(The World of & Remembering also
released on Cassette)
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The Original Tornados:
Telstar/Red Rocket SRT 75350


 

ROGER LAVERN SITE



 


IT IS  WITH GREAT SADNESS I HAVE  TO REPORT  ROGER  HAS  PASSED AWAY RECENTLY.AFTER A LONG BATTLE  WITH CANCER-A  TRUE FRIEND AND  WONDERFUL

MUSICIAN.FAMOUS  FOR  HIS  CONTRIBUTION TO "TELSTAR"  BY THE TORNADOS  NO.1  IN THE USA  LONG  BEFORE  THE BEATLES.HE ALSO  MADE MANY MORE

GREAT  RECORDS  NOTABLY.CHRISTMAS  STOCKING  WITH THE MICRONS.HE ALSO  DID A LOT OF WORK  FOR CHARITY.

1ROGER LAVERN OBITUARY-SHUTTLE NEWSPAPER KIDDERMINSTER