Roger Troutman

15 12 2009

November 29, 1951 – April 25, 1999
Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Roger was the fourth of ten children. He was a late-arriving member of Parliament-Funkadelic and played on the band’s final Warner Brothers’ album The Electric Spanking of War Babies. Beforehand, Troutman had formed various different bands with his four brothers, including Little Roger and the Vels and Roger and the Human Body. In 1977, he and the Human Body issued their first single “Freedom”. Within two years, Roger and his brothers were discovered by George Clinton, who signed the newly-christened Zapp to his Uncle Jam Records label in 1979.
Zapp
Between 1980 and 1985, Zapp released albums such as Zapp, Zapp II, Zapp III and New Zapp IV U and released top ten R&B hit singles such as “Be Alright”, “Dance Floor”, “I Can Make You Dance”, “Heartbreaker”, “It Doesn’t Really Matter” and the Charlie Wilson and Shirley Murdock-assisted funk ballad, “Computer Love”.


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