The Pato and Roger

The  Pato and Roger group shot

Members

Name: Role:
Pato Banton Vocals
Ranking Roger Vocals

In order to satisfy the many requests for toasting challenges, the Beat sponsored a competition to find the best one of them around late 1981 to early 1982. With Ranking Roger as judge, these vocalists battled for the opportunity to record a single on the Go Feet label. Pato Banton rose to become the victor.

Pato Banton (born Patrick Murray) is, like the Beat, also from Birmingham where he had been engaged in the reggae scene for years. It was the single that he recorded for Go Feet that really launched his professional recording career though. Ago Talk brought the toasting of Pato and Roger together to form a very catchy, danceable reggae song backed by the Beat. It may not have charted (the Beat singles were no longer making the charts in the UK at this point), but Ago Talk quickly became a fan favorite. Pato had great success touring along with the Beat for a while. However even when Pato was not with them, the Beat would still receive requests from the audience to hear his song.

Roger and Pato had become good friends and would record together several more times throughout the years as Pato's success continued to grow. In 1985, Roger aided by producing Pato's single Hello Tosh, which went as far as reaching number 3 in the UK independent reggae charts. Two years later, they joined up again to record Pato And Roger Come Again. It would be another 5 years until the two recording together again. Bubbling Hot managed to break into the UK Top 20 in 1992.

Over the years, Pato's success has continued to grow and he has become a big figure in reggae. He has even received a Grammy nomination. In 2002 he established the Music Technology School in Birmingham to spread his love for music. Pato Banton is still very much an active force.

Other Pato And Roger Collaborations

Year: Label: Catalog Number: Title:
1985 Greensleeves UKMC8 Mash Up The Telly 12"
Produced by Ranking Roger
1985 ??? RISTIEDCR1 Hello Tosh (Radio Edit) 12"
1986 Movin Musie MMD002 Bad Man & Woman 12"
Mixed by Pato, Paul, and Ranking Roger
1988 IRS IRS42119 Never Give In LP
1988 IRS IRS23828 Pato And Roger Come Again 12"
1992 Virgin ????? Universal Love LP
1994 Virgin VS 1530 Bubbling Hot (Beatmasters Remix) 7"
1994 Virgin VST 1530 Bubbling Hot (Beatmasters Remix) 12"
1994 Virgin VSCDT 1530 Bubbling Hot (Beatmasters Remix) CD Single
1999 Sony 133101 Burning London: The Clash Tribute (Extra Tracks) CD
Extra tracks are not listed, but Pato & Roger cover Rock The Casbah.

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