Remembering Ranking Roger of English Beat and General Public - His Ten Biggest Songs

Ranking Roger of the bands The English Beat (The Beat in most of the world) and Public Enemy, died on Tuesday (March 26) after battling cancer. He was 56.

Born Roger Charlery in Birmingham, England, he was originally a deejay before becoming a drummer with the group the Dum Dum Boys in 1978. That band made appearances with The Beat with Roger joining them permanently later that year.

The group had a short but very bright career scoring thirteen chart hits in the U.K. between 1979 and 1983. Four of those hits also made the US Dance chart.

When the Beat broke up in 1983, he and fellow beat member Dave Wakeling formed General Public with members of Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Specials. That band were actually more successful in the U.S. with three Hot 100 hits and six charting songs on the Dance chart compared to three hits in the U.K.

Here are Ranking Roger's ten biggest hits in the U.S. and U.K.

10. Doors to Your Heart (1981 / #33 U.K.)


9.Tenderness - General Public (1984 / #27 U.S. / #15 U.S. Dance / #95 U.K.)


8. Drowning - The Beat (1981 / #22 U.K.)


7. Best Friend - The Beat (1980 / #22 U.K.)


6. I'll Take You There - General Public (1994 / #22 U.S. / #1 U.S. Dance / #73 U.K.)


5. Hands Off...She's Mine - The Beat (1980 / #9 U.K. / #22 U.S. Dance)


4. Too Nice to Talk To - The Beat (1980 / #7 U.K.)


3. Tears of a Clown - The Beat (1979 / #6 U.K.)


2. Mirror in the Bathroom - The Beat (1980 / #4 U.K. / #22 U.S. Dance)


1. Can't Get Used to Losing You - The Beat (1983 / #3 U.K.)


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