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Roger Pope, born on March 20, 1947 in Kent, England, was a British drummer, best known for his work with Sir Elton John, Hall & Oates, Sir Cliff Richard, and Nilsson.
Having come from a musical family, Pope started playing the drums at the age of 13. By his mid-teens he was playing drums for area bands and working as a session musician. After playing drums for four years with Soul Agents, Pope formed Loot, a session group with bassist Dave Glover. Guitarist Caleb Quaye and harmonica player Ian Duck soon joined in, and in 1968 the band was renamed Hookfoot. The band name came from Roger's need to use his left foot to pull the hi-hat stand back after continuall sliding around on the floor during rehearsals.
His studio work included sessions for Elton John, playing drums on Sir Elton's debut album, Empty Sky, which was released on June 3, 1969. Pope's success in the studio led to his subsequent tour, joining Elton John's backing band in 1975, after the album was finally released in the USA.
During his career, Pope also played with blues star Buddy Guy, singer Kiki Dee, and folk singer Al Stewart.
Roger Pope died on September 13, 2013 after a long illness; he was 66.