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Roger Maxwell Chapman (born 8 April 1942 in
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), also known as Chappo, is an English
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vocalist. He is best known as a member of the
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band
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, which he joined along with Charlie Whitney, in 1966 and also the
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,
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band
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formed in 1974. His
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brand of showmanship when performing and vocal
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led him to become a
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on the British rock scene. Chapman is claimed to have said that he was trying to sing like both
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and his idol
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. Since the early 1980s he has spent much of his time in Germany and has made occasional appearances there and elsewhere. In Germany, he was awarded an ''Artist of the Year'' award during the 1980s, followed by a ''Lifetime Achievement Award'' in 2004.


History

Chapman was originally the vocalist for Farinas, who released the single "You'd Better Stop" b/w "I Like It Like That" in August 1964. (However, lead vocals on that single were performed by Jim King.) He moved on to join ''The Roaring Sixties'' who were renamed
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in 1966. In 1967 the first single was released, "Scene Through The Eye of a Lens", something of a psychedelic classic. Chapman wrote most of Family's songs with Charlie Whitney and their debut album ''
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'' was released in 1968. Their bluesy, experimental rock music gained them a reputation as a progressive
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band. The release of ''
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'' (1969), ''
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'' (1970) and ''
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'' (1970) established Family as a fast and loud rock band also capable of producing the most intense acoustic music, in the British
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scene, at that time. Their single "
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" from the ''Family Entertainment'' album was a hit in 1969. On 28 August 1970 they appeared at the third
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. Although the band was popular in UK and Europe, success in the US eluded them and in 1973 they broke up. Chapman formed
Chapman-Whitney Streetwalkers were an English rock music, rock musical ensemble, band formed in late 1973 by two former members of rock band Family (band), Family, vocalist Roger Chapman and guitarist John "Charlie" Whitney. They were a five piece band which ev ...
with Whitney, late in 1973. They signed to the
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label and recorded an album
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(1974), with a line-up including other members of
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and
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, as well as
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, now with
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. Chapman and Whitney morphed their band into
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, who were a polished
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band who used more white soul than
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had. They released ''Downtown Flyers'' (1975), moving on to record the
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heavy album ''Red Card'' (1976) which was released in the UK in 1976 and remains a much respected album by music fans and the
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. Two more albums followed before the band broke up in 1977, ending eleven years of the Whitney-Chapman musical partnership. In 1979 Chapman began a solo career and recorded his first solo album '' Chappo''. His backing band became known as ''The Shortlist'' at this time and he toured Europe extensively. Mike Oldfield's song "Shadow on the Wall (song), Shadow on the Wall" from the album ''Crises (Mike Oldfield album), Crises'' (1983) featured Chapman on vocals and became a hit. He appeared as a guest artist on the second Box of Frogs album ''Strange Land'' (1986) singing lead vocals on two songs. Chapman went on to record ''Walking the Cat'' (1989) and ''Hybrid and Low Down'' (1990). Since then Chapman has released eleven albums of new and live recordings. His album ''Hide Go Seek'' (2009) was produced by former
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bassist Jim Cregan and released during May 2009. His appearance on Saturday 21 August 2010 at the Rhythm Festival was billed as: "The farewell performance from Roger Chapman & The Shortlist".


Discography


Family


Streetwalkers


Albums

* ''Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers, Streetwalkers'' Reprise K 54017 (1974) * ''Downtown Flyers'' Vertigo 6360 123, Mercury LP SRM-1-1060 (US) (1975) * ''Red Card (album), Red Card'' Vertigo 9102 010, Mercury SMR-1-1083 (US), Repertoire REP 47-WP (CD) (1976) * ''Vicious But Fair'' Vertigo 9102 012, Mercury LP SRM-1-1135 (US) (1977) * ''Streetwalkers Live'' Vertigo 6641-703 (1977) * ''Best of Streetwalkers'' CD, CA, LP Vertigo 846-661 (1990) * ''BBC Radio One Live'' CD Windsong (1995)


Singles

*"Roxianna" b/w "The Crack" Reprise K 14357 (1974) - ''released as Chapman Whitney Streetwalkers'' *"Raingame" b/w "Miller" Vertigo 6059 130 (1975) *"Daddy Rolling Stone" b/w "Hole in Your Pocket" Vertigo 6059 144 (1976) *"Chilli Con Carne" b/w "But You're Beautiful" Vertigo 6059 169 (1977)


Solo


Albums

*'' Chappo'' (1979) *''Live in Hamburg (Roger Chapman album), Live in Hamburg'' (1979) *''Mail Order Magic'' (1980) *''Hyenas Only Laugh For Fun'' (1981) *''The Riffburglar Album (Funny Cider Sessions)'' (1982) *''He Was... She Was... You Was... We Was...'' (Double, Live) (1982) *''Swag'' (as the Riffburglars) (1983) *''Mango Crazy'' (1983) *''The Shadow Knows'' (1984) *''Zipper'' (1986) *''Techno Prisoners'' (1987) *''Live in Berlin'' (1989) *''Walking The Cat'' (1989) *''Strong Songs – The Best Of ...'' (1990) *''Hybrid and Lowdown'' (1990) *''Kick It Back'' (UK compilation) (1990) *''Under No Obligation'' (1992) *''King of the Shouters'' (1994) *''Kiss My Soul'' (1996) *''A Turn Unstoned?'' (1998) *''Anthology 1979–98'' (1998) *''In My Own Time'' (live) (1999) *''Rollin' & Tumblin'' (live) Mystic (2001) *''Chappo-The Loft Tapes, Volume 1: Manchester University 10.3.1979'' Mystic (2006) *''Chappo-The Loft Tapes, Volume 2: Rostock 1983'' Mystic (2006 ) *''Chappo-The Loft Tapes, Volume 3: London Dingwalls'' 15 April 1996 Mystic (2006) *''Chappo-The Loft Tapes, Volume 4: Live at Unca Po's Hamburg 5.3.1982'' Mystic (2006) *''One More Time For Peace'' Mystic (2007) *''Hide Go Seek'' Hypertension Records (2009) *''First Cut: Chapman-Whitney Streetwalkers, digital rerelease'' Mystic Records (2010) *''Maybe the last time'' (live 2012) *''Life In The Pond'' (2021)


Singles

*"Imbecile" (1979) Mike Batt with Roger Chapman. From the album Tarot Suite. *"Shadow on the Wall (song), Shadow on the Wall" (1983) Mike Oldfield with Roger Chapman *"How How How" (1984)


DVDs

* At Rockpalast Wienerworld (2004) * Family & Friends Angel Air (2003)


Notes


References


Roger Chapman
NME 2009


External links


Roger Chapman Official Appreciation SocietyInterview on the Leicester Bands websiteRoger Chapman discography with tracks
* {{DEFAULTSORT:Chapman, Roger Family (band) members English rock singers English male singers 1942 births Living people People from Leicester Musicians from Leicestershire Streetwalkers members