British rock drummer Roger Pope died last Friday, September 13, after battling an unknown illness. He was 66.
The public was first introduced to Pope when he appeared on Elton John’s 1969 debut album, Empty Sky. He continued recording with the pop singer throughout his career, including such monumental releases as Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across The Water, and first toured with John in 1975.
At the same time, Pope worked with his own band Hookfoot, which also featured guitarist Caleb Quaye. He remained in the Hookfoot lineup throughout the band’s career while managing an active session and touring schedule with such artists as Nilsson, Hall & Oates, Al Stewart, Kevin Ayers, and Buddy Guy.