Roger Dean (guitar player)

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Roger Dean
Born Hendon, Middlesex, England

Roger Dean (born David Roger Bryan Dean; 16 March 1943 – 3 August 2008) was a British guitar player and teacher. First took piano lessons at age 7, then guitar at age 10. Then had musical training at Eric Guilder guitar school in London with teacher Ivor Mairants. His professional career ran over 40 years until he retired following a car crash in 2004. During the 1960s 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. In 1971, he played with a band called Spike Island and recorded an album with them, a mixture of folk, country and world music. 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 as guitarist with The Joe Loss Orchestra. In 1978, Dean became the first western musician allowed to play on electric guitar in China.[citation needed] From 1992 he held teaching posts at various British schools. After a serious illness, Dean died in 2008.[citation needed]


  • 1964 : Crocodile Walk/When I'm Gone Single on Decca Records by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
  • 1965 : John Mayall plays John Mayall by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers Album Live at Klooks Kleek, 7/12/64.
  • 1968 : So Many Roads by John Mayall's Bluesbrakers - Compilation - Roger Dean guitar on 3 songs.
  • 1969 : Looking Back by John Mayall's Bruesbreakers - Compilation - Roger guitar on one song, Blues City Shakedown.
  • 1971 : Thru The Years by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - Compilation - Roger guitar on one song, My Baby Is Sweeter
  • 1971 : Spike Island by Spike Island
  • 1971 : Wild Angels/Six Chevaux Blancs (John Hill) by Eddy Orini - Single on Evasion Records
  • 1972 : Down The Line by John Mayall - Compilation
  • 1973 : When Will I See You Again/Year Of Decision by The Three Degrees - Single
  • 1974 : The Beginning Vol. 13 by John Mayall - Compilation
  • 1976 : J K All the way by Jonathan King
  • 1979 : O Cheryl/Ode to England by Manuel And Los Por Favors [Andrew Sachs] - Single by Andrew Sachs, iconic character in British comedy.
  • 1980 : The Munch Bunch - Stories And Songs by Brian Wade
  • 1981 : Rare Tracks Vol. 2 by John Mayall - Compilation - Roger guitar on Another Man Done Gone
  • 1982 : The Great British Blues, Barrelhouse And Boogie Bonanza 1962-1968 by Various Artists - Compilation featuring Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Eddie Boyd And His Blues Band, Savoy Brown Blues Band, Ten Years After and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers* Featuring Eric Clapton. - Roger on one song, I Need Your Love
  • 1982 : Lorraine by Lorraine
  • 1992 : London Blues 1964 - 1969 by John Mayall - Compilation - Roger on 3 songs

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