Roger hodgson (born 21 march 1950) is a legendary singer and songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist, best known as the former co-frontman and founder member of progressive rock band supertramp.
hodgson composed and sang the majority of the hits such as "dreamer", "give a little bit", "breakfast in america", "take the long way home", "the logical song" and "it's raining again".
crime of the century, released in 1974. hodgson’s song "dreamer" became the band’s first hit and drove the album to the tops of the charts. the follow-up crisis? what crisis?, their first album to be recorded in the usa, was released in 1975. the album charted on both the uk top twenty and the us top fifty.
by their 1977 release even in the quietest moments, the band had permanently relocated to the usa. hodgson’s opening song on the album, “give a little bit”, became an international hit single (number 15 us, number 29 uk, number 8 in canada). supertramp released their most successful album, breakfast in america, in 1979; it has sold over 20 million copies to date. from that same album, "the logical song", written by hodgson, is supertramp's biggest chart hit in both the united states and their native united kingdom. in 1980, hodgson was honored with the ivor novello award from the british academy of composers and songwriters for “the logical song” being named the best song both musically and lyrically.
he departed supertramp in 1983 and moved his family away from the los angeles music scene to live a simpler lifestyle. hodgson returned to touring in 2001 and is currently on his worldwide "breakfast in america" tour, performing the songs he wrote.
This guitar was given to me at a show last weekend by a dear friend and fan who always comes out to my gigs in creede. i found out recently that he has colon cancer, and he is in the middle of a move to texas to get treatment. halfway through my set, he hands it to me and says “here’s your tip”. this guitar was nothing fancy, and it was a bit of a fixer upper, but i took it to larry’s guitar shop in longmont because it has some potential. sure enough, after a setup and strings, it sounds amazing. but more important than the sound is the meaning this guitar has for me and my friend in creede. i wish him well, and who knows? one day, this guitar may be on the road with me. remember folks, always be kind and show your love to those who need it.