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Roger Cook

Roger Cook
Born Roger Frederick Cook, 19 August 1940, Bristol, UK
Bands: [Various Non-Professional Groups] (c. 1954 - 1957) The Sapphires (1957 - Dec 1958) The Londons (c. 1960 - Dec 1961) Jon And Julie (early 1962 - 1963) The Kestrels (1964 - 1965) David And Jonathan (1965 - 1968) Roger James Cooke [Solo #1] (Aug 1968 - Feb 1971) Blue Mink (1969 - 1977) White Plains (1970 - 1974) Currant Kraze (March/April 1970) Campus Kazoo (Nov 1970) Roger Cook [Solo #2] (July 1971 - 1977) CCW (1991 - 1992) [Songwriter] (1958 - Present)

[Various Non-Professional Groups] (c. 1954 to 1957) When Roger was around 14, he performed with his family's harmonica group. The trio consisted of his father on banjo and guitar, with his brother Tony and himself on harmonica. The group performed locally for over a year. After leaving school at the age of 15, Roger worked a factory job in Bristol. By the next year, Roger had left the factory and secured a job as a plasterer's apprentice. In a 1962 interview, Roger states tha…

Roger Greenaway

Roger Greenaway
Born Roger John Reginald Greenaway, 23 August 1938, Bristol, UK
Bands:
The Kestrels (1956 - 1965) One And One (1964) David And Jonathan (1965 - 1968) Brotherhood Of Man (Autumn 1969 - mid 1971) White Plains (1970 - 1974) The Naked Truth (Jan/Feb 1970) The Pipkins (Feb/March 1970 - Oct 1971, early 1975) Currant Kraze (March/April 1970) Campus Kazoo (Nov 1970) Driftwood (1972) Roger Greenaway [Solo] (1972) The Nashville Soul Orchestra (1976, 1979) Excelsus (1981/1982) [Songwriter] (1964 - Present]

The Kestrels (1956 to 1965)
The Kestrels (originally called The Hi-Fi's, then The Beltones) were a harmony group formed in Bristol around 1956. Roger Greenaway, Tony Burrows, and Roger Maggs all met while working at the Bristol-based paper firm E.S.& A Robinson. They had left school at the age of sixteen and secured jobs as trainee reps, often working in the company's postal department. According to Tony in the book Tin Pan Alley: The Rise Of Elton John, it was Roger Greenaway who ha…