This Day In Music 21.03.2016
Hodgson was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, on 21 March 1950 and grew up in Oxford. His first guitar was a gift from his father at age 12 and Roger gave his first concert at school with nine self composed songs at the age of 13. At age 19, he made his first appearance in a recording studio as guitarist for the band People Like Us. After People Like Us disbanded, Island Records set him up in a recording studio as vocalist for the pop band Argosy. After the break-up of Argosy, responding to an advert placed in Melody Maker by Rick Davies, Hodgson auditioned for the guitarist spot in the progressive rock band Supertramp but when Richard Palmer arrived the next day to audition for the same spot, Hodgson agreed to learn bass instead. The songs on Supertramp's self-titled first album, released in 1970, were composed by Roger Hodgson together with Rick Davies and Richard Palmer. Palmer left shortly after the album's recording, allowing Hodgson to switch back to guitar. The hugely successful Crime of the Century was released in 1974. Hodgson’s song Dreamer became the band’s first hit and drove the album to the tops of the charts. Below a live version of Dreamer by Hodgson himself
The follow-up album Crisis? What Crisis? came in 1975. By their 1977 release Even in the Quitest Moments the band had permanently relocated to the USA. In 1979, they released their most successful album, Breakfast in America, which has sold over 20 million copies to date. In 1980, Hodgson was honored with the Ivor Novello Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters for The Logical Song. Listen to this live version
During the tour for …Famous Last Words…(1983) Hodgson made the final decision to leave Supertramp. Rodger recorded three solo albums at his new home studio, the first before his departure from Supertramp. In the Eye of the Storm, released in late September 1984, became an international hit, selling over two million copies. In 1990, Hodgson was approached by Yes to join them as lead vocalist, but declined the offer. His fourth solo effort, Open the Door was released in 2000.
It is only since 2004, with his children fully grown, that Roger has felt the call to tour regularly again. To date Roger continues to write music and lyrics, has over 60 unreleased songs that he plans to record. Hodgson continued to tour worldwide from 2011 to 2015, including two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Hodgson's tour continues into 2016 with concerts in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, U.K., France and Portugal.