Roger Dean (born David Roger Bryan Dean, 16 March 1943, in Hendon, Middlesex – died 3 August 2008) was a British guitar player and teacher. His professional career ran over 40 years, until retiring, following a car crash, in 2004. During the sixties he played in a number of bands which left few traces in the history of popular music. The notable exception occurred when he joined briefly John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Dean's guitar is heard on Mayall's first album and single. Leaving Mayall, he went to work with his former band the Nu Notes. Later, as a member of various other bands like The Bluejays, P.P. Arnold's backing band and The Bad Boys, he recorded on some hits,[which?] but gradually turned to more anonymous work as a session musician playing for TV shows, backing stars and other lucrative jobs, such as cruises on the QE2. In 1978 Roger Dean became the first western musician allowed to play on electric guitar in China . From 1992 he held teaching posts at various British schools.