Hodgson, guitar and songwriter
Roger Hodgson was
born in England in the year 1950. He started playing the guitar
when he was 12 when he inherited his dad’s guitar and was taught
to play by one of his teachers at boarding school. He started
writing songs almost immediately and gave his first concert at
the school playing all his own songs. He was 13. Roger also
taught himself to play the piano and he feels that his love of
music got him through his school years which were not easy for
After he left school in 1969, he met another musician, Rick
Davies, and formed the band Supertramp. After five years of
struggling to make it, the band’s third album Crime of the
Century went to number one in England, with Roger’s song
“Dreamer” hitting number one on the pop charts.
When he was 25, Roger came to America on tour with Supertramp
and fell in love with California where he ended up making his
home. A year later, Roger’s song “Give a Little Bit” — a song he
had written when he was a teenager — became a big hit in America
and around the world. In 1979, Supertramp’s next album Breakfast
in America went to number one in every country of the world,
staying there for most of the year and eventually becoming one
of the biggest selling albums of all time.
In 1983, at the height of Supertramp’s success, Roger
announced that he was leaving the band. The following year he
released his first solo album In the Eye of the Storm which
achieved great international success. But by this time, Roger
had a family with two young children, and he made the decision
not to tour but to stay at home and enjoy his kids growing up.
Ever since he was very young Roger felt there was a deeper
meaning to life than what he was being taught and he expressed a
lot of this soul-searching through his music. His songs brought
a whole new exciting dimension to rock music. His timeless
melodies, with words that express a yearning for inner peace and
a longing to come home, have become a voice for many who feel
the same way. Songs like “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical
Song”, “Dreamer” and “Take the Long Way Home” continue to send
messages of love and hope that touch a special place in people’s
hearts; Roger has become one of the most loved and gifted
songwriters of all time.
With his children now grown and his son Andrew pursuing his
own musical career, Roger is once again performing world-wide,
both solo and with orchestras, as well as composing new music.
He is happier than he has ever been and the music that he is
writing reflects his re-awakened creativity and passion for
Roger feels his life has been very blessed and realizes the
fulfillment and joy that comes from giving back to life. He has
always supported many charities and environmental organizations
and is now deeply involved in fundraising for the Tsunami Relief
efforts, offering his song “Give a Little Bit” in the hope it
will inspire people to reach out and get involved.
He believes the simple message of this song is one that is
Give a little bit of your love to me
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you
Now’s the time that we need to share,
Send a smile and show you care.
... and that a loving and caring heart is what makes us feel
good inside and is truly what makes the world a better place.