Share this news is sorry to announce the passing of Roger Pope.

The drummer was a pivotal part of Hookfoot, a seventies band formed by Caleb Quaye.

The group backed Elton on many of his early recordings, and Pope later became a full-fledged member of the Rocket Man’s band.

A couple of years later, in 1977, Roger joined Davey Johnstone‘s ensemble China. They released one album, also called China, on Rocket Records.

Among others Roger played with were Kiki Dee, Cliff Richard and Al Stewart.