Ranking Roger, singer of The Beat, dies aged 56

Ranking Roger

Roger Charlery, otherwise known as Ranking Roger, passed away on Tuesday (26 March).

He was 56. A statement on The Beat’s website confirms that the singer died “peacefully at his home surrounded by family”. It states: “He fought & fought & fought, Roger was a fighter.”

“Roger’s family would like to thank everyone for their constant support during this tough time. More to follow in the coming days. RIP ROGER!”

Charlery had reportedly suffered a stroke last year, and had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and two brain tumours. Earlier this month, the band announced that, although Charlery had been dealing with “health challenges”, he had completed his biography, which is due out this year.

The Birmingham-born singer founded The Beat in 1978. Fusing traditional ska music with Latin, pop, new wave and post-punk, the group went on to release six albums and became a pioneer in the two-tone genre. Their most recent LP, Public Confidential, was released in January this year. During his career, Charlery toured the world with David Bowie, The Specials, The Clash, Talking Heads and more.

Artists and collaborators have paid tribute to the singer online. Read them below.


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Rest in Peace Ranking Roger, such sad news!! Lovely guy… Way to young!! Condolences to his family 🙏🏼

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