Roger is without doubt one of the greatest success stories to emerge from the Australian music industry. He is famed within the music industry for his incredible career – working with artists ranging from Olivia Newton John to Pink. After leaving school Roger worked his way up from the very bottom rung of the industry. He progressed from roadie to agent, to manager of a local band; eventually becoming one of the most successful and respected artist managers in the world. The rise of Roger began in earnest in 1970 when he became the manager of a Sydney pop/rock band Sherbet which, with his help, became arguably the most successful Australian pop act of the 1970s. Sherbet provided Roger with the all-important experience that would take him to the top in his chosen field. Sherbet dominated the Australian pop charts through the mid- seventies, winning award after award. Sherbet’s lead singer, Daryl Braithwaite, was Australia’s ‘King of Pop’ for three years running – and the band became a key part of the ‘countdown generation’. Roger was based in the United States and England in the 1980s and 1990s. He played a major part in Olivia Newton John’s massive success in the early 1980s, including her multi-million selling albums Physical and Soul Kiss. In 1979 Roger became the manager of Tina Turner guiding her incredible comeback and launching her solo career. He began working with Cher in the late 1990s around the time of her international smash hit ‘Believe’ and organised her Believe Tour and the 325 Concert World Farewell Tour playing to more than five million fans in 30 countries – a tour recognised as the most successful and highest grossing tour of any female artist. Other international artists Roger has managed include many of the most successful rock performers in the world – Janet Jackson, Sade, Pink, Joe Cocker and Tony Joe White. In 2004, Roger was awarded the Lifetime Membership Award at the 2004 MMF Music Managers Awards by the Music Managers Forum (Australia). In 2008 he was honoured by the Australian music industry when he was awarded one of their highest accolades, The Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Music.
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