said on 11/Mar/19
Roger has been part of my musical life since I was 13 and I became instantly hooked on 'Killer Queen'. I acquired all their albums up to and including 'Jazz', but when 'Innuendo' came out, I squealed "They're back to their best again!" bought it, and promptly had it stolen! 😝
Come the year 2005, I was staying round my Dad's and realised that absolutely everything they ever did was BRILLIANT! He had all their 'best of' music that I hadn't bothered to buy, but I love it now!
Queen were such a knock-out of a band. Their videos were unfailingly different each time, often side-splittingly funny, but always original. Roger himself was the 'heart-throb' type, who always seemed to get the model girlfriends. He was training to be a dentist, but he 'hated it', and that's a quotation from one of my teenage magazines! I wouldn't like to gape into people's mouths for a living either, excellent and necessary job that it is!
Yes, at the time 'Bohemian Rhapsody' came out, during the Christmas of 1975, our own headmaster talked about Queen one morning in our Assembly. He took his hat off to each and every member, all having studied at other professions, but, fortunately for us, turning their backs on their careers, forming the group Queen and knocking us sideways! Already a staunch Queen fan, I couldn't think of a better band for a headmaster to discuss with his kids as an inspirational influence.
All of the four members wrote fantastic songs in their own right and they all stood out as taller than they actually were because they were lean as whippets! For Roger to have been 133 pounds at 5ft10 is extremely underweight, Brian, Freddie and John, the 'quiet one' and bass guitarist, were equally thin. Personally, I thought Freddie was nearly 6ft and Brian 6ft4, the second statistic being one that I actually read. Being the drummer - with a terrific soprano voice - Roger sat down much of the time, but in their videos, you could take in that he was 'tall average' height, probably around 5ft9.5/10. I haven't seen him pictured very often lately, but there is a picture right here, denoting that he isn't THAT much smaller than Brian, who must today be around the 6ft+ mark.
I agree with 5ft8.5 for Roger nowadays and Brian, still a keen astronomer, I'd say is 6ft1 or just under. For Roger's peak, he gets 5ft9.75.
Thanks, Rob, for giving Roger a page!
From all I've seen, I'd have said Roger might have measured taller than Freddie. He typically seemed around 4 inches or so shorter than May, well as much as you can tell because May has always had a tremendous amount of hair.