1. Sting Posts Tribute To Ranking Roger: 'You Will Be Missed'

    March 27, 2019 8:50 PM EDT Yesterday (March 26) it was announced that The English Beat 's Ranking Roger passed away  after a battle with cancer, and today Sting has posted a tribute to the late musician on his website . "The mid seventies was one of the most influential periods in the history of British pop…

  2. Ranking Full Stop: How Ranking Roger Helped Make The English Beat New Wave's Greatest Fusion Act

    March 27, 2019 10:38 AM EDT A high-pitched whistle. A dub-inspired drum beat. A guitar attempts a nervous skank. The English Beat ’s “Dream Home in New Zealand,” buried on the sextet’s 1981 Wha’ppen , has the advantage of giving their two lead vocalists a diptych-like approach to the pop song. The starchier white timbre…

  3. Ranking Roger of The English Beat and General Public's Six Best Soundtrack Moments

    March 27, 2019 9:41 AM EDT Ranking Roger spent the last months of his life battling lung cancer and two brain tumors -- but his illness never took away his will to skank, sing and DJ for his adoring fans. “It’s the most brilliant job, as an entertainer,” he told interviewer Daniel Rachel in 2019. “That’s the most…

  4. The English Beat's Ranking Roger Dies at 56

    March 26, 2019 6:42 PM EDT The English Beat and General Public vocalist Ranking Roger --real name Roger Charlery-- has passed away at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer. The pioneering 2 Tone band confirmed the news on social media Tuesday (March 26), writing "'He fought & fought & fought, Roger…