Roger Roger

Active - 1954 - 1963  |   Born - Aug 5, 1911 in Rouen, France  |   Died - Jun 12, 1996 in Paris, France  |   Genres - Drama, Crime, Romance, Science Fiction

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Roger Roger (and that was, indeed, his name, a result of his father Edmund Roger's whimsy) was a French-born composer who started out in music as a piano prodigy at age five. By the time he was 18, he was leading his own dance band, and was supposed to be a classical composer, complete with conservatory training. Instead, he gravitated toward popular music arrangements and conducting, and he led the orchestras accompanying such figures as Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf after World War II. His influence as a composer in films and television principally stems from his work as a composer of "stock music" for the Chappel Music starting in 1955, parts of which were soon adopted by the BBC for various productions, including the series Doctor Who and, later, in one episode of the ITC-produced The Prisoner. He wrote in a multitude of styles and idioms, and his most modernistic work -- which could include electronic-sounding beeps amid romping horns, among many other attributes -- ended up tracked into various television programs and movies on both sides of the Atlantic, especially after he started contributing to Canadian and American music libraries (sometimes using the pseudonym "Cecil Leuter"). Roger retired in the 1970s, by which time his music had been tracked into thousands of radio and television shows and as many as 500 feature films. His music has also occasionally been released on commercial recordings.