Roger Chapman

Roger Chapman (born April 8, 1942) is an English vocalist and songwriter from Leicester who rose to prominence as the frontman of the hard-rock/soul band Family, which released seven albums between 1968 and 1973. In 1974, Chapman and Family-guitarist Charles Whitney issued the collaborative effort Streetwalkers, which spawned the pair’s subsequent namesake band that released three albums between 1975 and 1977.

In 1979, Chapman debuted as a solo artist with the album Chappo on Acrobat Records. That same year, he sang the tracks “Imbecile” and “Run Like the Wind” on the album Tarot Suite by composer/arranger Mike Batt. Chapman then assembled the backing act Shortlist for the 1980/81 albums Mail Order Magic and Hyenas Only Laugh for Fun, both released on Line Records. Between 1983 and 1987, he released four albums and a live disc on RCA, followed by three 1989–92 discs on Polydor.


  • Chappo (1979)
  • Mail Order Magic (1980)
  • Hyenas Only Laugh for Fun (1981)
  • Mango Crazy (1983)
  • The Shadow Knows (1985)
  • Zipper (1986)
  • Techno-Prisoners (1987)
  • Walking the Cat (1989)
  • Hybrid and Lowdown (1990)

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