Roger Daltrey is best known for his performances as both a singer and a songwriter. Born Roger Harry Daltrey in Hammersmith, London in 1948, he grew up in a middle-class family. A bright child, Roger spent many hours reading comic books and watching comic movies. After the age of seven, he discovered the musical medium and pursued a career in music. A skilled student, he was encouraged by teachers to specialize in music. At the age of nine, he started learning how to play the piano.
Daltry was an in-demand and talented singer during the 1960s. The group that followed him were known as the Yardbirds. Daltry rose to stardom as the lead singer of the band. However, the band never made it big. Instead, Daltry went on to star in several films and wrote several songs. Eventually, he became a superstar and an actor famous for his lovable characters in both theatre and film.
After leaving the Yardbirds, Daltry went onto establish himself as a solo artist. He created several solo albums including One Move Ahead and Roger Daltrey: Live at Woodstock. Roger went on to support many popular bands such as Cream, Traffic and The Beatles. He also became the first major artist to sign with a major record label when he was signed to the independently owned London label K Records in 1970.
In the late seventies, Roger began to appear on television. This was a chance for him to show off his talent as a singer and songwriter. His role on the hit sitcom Come On You Reds helped to put him back in the limelight. There have been several Roger Daltrey spinoffs and TV movies, some of which are very successful. One such television movie is Wildfire, based on the book about a boy who falls in love with a girl who burns a house down during a camping trip.
Roger Daltrey continued to star in television shows and films, as well as contributing lyrics to music written by other musicians. His place in pop culture is comparable to the late sixties and early seventies, when there was a real “roger fix” when it came to musicians had their names put out there in a positive light. A notable person who has used a wheelchair to get around since he was a child is Stevie Wonder, and many people look up to him as a role model for that reason. Other individuals, such as Michael J. Fox, have also shared their story of battling childhood epilepsy and living with it throughout their lives.
In the mid 1990s, Roger Daltrey decided that it was time to move on from being a performer and write full time. He began to work at what was then called a boutique theatre in London, performing musical theater in addition to acting. While there, he wrote and performed solo songs that have been used on TV shows including Absolutely Funeral. Some of those songs have been re-recorded and released as solo albums and the most famous is probably No Second Guess, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won. Since then, there have been other Roger Daltrey solo studio albums and singles.
The original band with Roger Daltrey as the lead vocalist went their separate ways after the singer quit the group following the completion of their last album. The other four remaining members continued on with their own bands and solo careers, while Roger continued to work on his own solo career. After more than 20 years as a member of The Yardbirds, he was able to secure a second solo studio album, Wonderful Tonight, which he co-produced.
The Yardbirds were one of the first groups to feature an acoustic guitar in their song list, and Daltrydale has covered songs by artists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan. The quintet still tours to this day. Other notable acoustic guitarists that have performed with the band include George Harrison, Neil Young, and Steve Vai. They are also known for their songs “I Need A Drink” and “Hotel California”. On their own, Roger Daltrey and the Yardbirds have sold more than three hundred million copies in the US alone.