Remembering Roger Troutman…

Written by on April 25, 2011

R.I.P. Roger

It was 12 years ago today that the legendary Roger Troutman was shot and killed by his brother Larry. The frontman for ‘Zapp’ and ‘The Human Body’, Roger was well-known for his use of the vocoder. A synthesizer that transformed the users voice into a Robotic tone. In the 80’s…Roger Troutman And Zapp were a hit machine. Not only was Roger the voice, he was also the driving creative force. He was a master showman, a tremendous musician, and one hell of an entertainer. He is missed.


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  1. Dr. Bonita Arnold   On   December 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Roger Troutman was indeed a gifted musical natural born genius designed and created by God. He was also a fine good looking man. His character fit his spirit, a.d truly he made his mark in the world. It is sad that his life was cut short. His music is a part of our lives; and he is missed. To his remaining family, stay strong, and keep God in your life.

  2. P.E.A.C.E.   On   August 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Roger was my friend and brother for life. Our relationship begain in 1984 at Fort Valley State College now University as his sister Loretta hired me to work with the band at our homecoming.

    Yes I like many miss Roger and his crazy Donald Duck impersonation. He was truly a funny down to earth friend.

    I am the guy who was on the Church stage platform throughout his funeral alongside Shirley Murdock,Glen from Sounds Of Blackness and the minister.

    I have since produced , wrote and released a single titled “F.I.N.E. co-produced by Rogers brother and Zapp Band member Terry “Zapp” Troutman and Bay Area artist producer Walter Earl.

    In 2007 I released my. First cd under my artist name. P.E.A.C.E. titled Formulated Funk and my latest release “Resilient” in August 2011 and Terry “Zapp” Troutman also co-produced on several tracks such as , The Weekend and Booty Clap.

    Roger had agreed to produce me before his untimelyand unfortunate death.

    Peace and Blessings to all of Rogers children and grandchildren and Troutman family and. Zapp Band

    Yours truly ,

    P.E.A.C.E. and. Cocto Entertainment Music

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