Fondly remembering a local musical talent


Roger Mosedale (third left) and freinds in 1971. Image kindly supplied by Jake Williams.

It was with a very heavy heart that I announced the sad passing of local lad and noted musical talent Roger Mosedale this week – Roger had many, many friends and was well known, and the reaction to the tragic news was very marked indeed.

Jake Williams, a great friend of Roger’s posted the above wonderful photo in response on Facebook, and subsequently sent me some of his and Roger’s music for you to enjoy.

I thank Jake for his warm and generous memories, and for allowing me to share them with you all.

Jake wrote:

Very sad at the passing of Roger Mosedale.

After The Sundowners split – Roger and Barry continued playing together in the other bands until 1972.

Roger then, left the live music scene – but he began songwriting and recording between 2010 and 2013.

This photo was taken in 1971. ( Roger is 3rd from the left)

Here are some recordings of Roger.

We composed this song – BACK TO THE SATURDAY DANCE (2010) as a tribute to Cliff and The Shadows. Roger was a Shadows fanatic and he could always imitate Hank Marvin. (Track © Midland Songwriters)

Back To The Saturday Dance

Roger was a big fan of the American – Boyd Coddington – (Amercican Hot Rod) on the Quest channel, so we wrote and recorded a tribute to Boyd. ‘Boyd’s Gonna Build Me A Hot Rod’.

It’s meant to be a Country Rock song – but Roger still managed to make it sound like Hank Marvin!
(Track © Midland Songwriters)

Boyd’s Gonna Build Me A Hot Rod

A Country music ballad – ‘Friday On My Mind’ – and still, Roger put his Hank Marvin sound to it.
(Track © Midland Songwriters)

Friday On My Mind

(If the inline player doesn’t work, click on the link to the song in question). Please note that Midland Songwriters retain copyright to these works.

Thanks to Jake for a true act of community and remembrance.

I know what cherished memories many here have of Roger and the local music scene he was such a part of. Roger commented a lot on the history of Friezland Lane Club and I know he had great memories of both that institution and of playing in The Sundowners.

My sincere condolences to Roger’s family, friends and all who knew and remembered him. Running the blog as I do you become all too aware of time’s arrow and at instances like this the sadness is particularly acute.

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1 Response to Fondly remembering a local musical talent

  1. Michael says:

    What street is that in the picture?

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