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Roger Daltrey net worth, age, and battle with meningitis

Roger Daltrey net worth, age, and battle with meningitis
Roger Daltrey, the lead singer of The Who, in 2018 (Picture: Getty)

People tried to put him down, just because he got around.

But London-born Roger Daltrey was a huge success anyway with his rock band The Who.

The singer was one of the rock n roll pin-ups of the 60s and 70s, and also had a significant career in acting.

Additionally he survived meningitis and in recent years, has been very outspoken in his political views.

So what do we know about Roger Daltreys rise to stardom and what hes been through?

Roger Daltrey net worth, age, and battle with meningitis
Roger played the lead in 1975 the movie Tommy (Picture: Getty)

Roger Daltrey, now 74, was born in March 1944 and grew up in East Acton, west London, the same working class district as his future band mates Pete Townshend and John Entwistle.

While he was a promising student, Roger shirked university ambition and became interested in the rock n roll scene of the late 1950s.

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The 5ft 5in star made his own guitar and joined a skiffle band called Detour. Before long his dad bought him a guitar and he became the lead guitarist.

He paid his way by being a sheet metal worker in the daytime and trying to make it in music at night.

Roger Daltrey net worth, age, and battle with meningitis
The Who back in the 1960s, a decade before drummer Keith Moon, left, died (Picture: Getty)

Changes to the band line-up brought aboard Rogers friends Pete and John, and finally drummer Keith Moon. Roger became lead singer.

They had to change their name after discovering another band called Detour, and Petes room mate came up with The Who.

Their first hit was the catchy I Cant Explain, and Pete began to write original material, giving him greater control of the band.

Live performances were electric with energy, and Daltreys signature move on stage became the swinging of the microphone round and round by its cord.

Roger Daltrey net worth, age, and battle with meningitis
Rogers unique and powerful voice, plus his magic hair, helped The Who reach stardom (Picture: Getty)

Their breakthrough single and their best-known song to date was My Generation, and their best-known album is the rock opera Quadrophenia.

Meanwhile Roger started having success with solo projects and by 1975 he was playing the lead role in Ken Russells eccentric movie Tommy.

Tragically, drummer Keith died in 1978 of a drug overdose and the introduction of a replacement drummer caused preexisting tensions in the band to worsen.

Rogers numerous acting projects, solo music career and the disagreements between himself and Pete led to the end of the band in 1983, but they still perform together quite regularly.

Roger Daltrey net worth, age, and battle with meningitis
Roger with his kids in the 1980s (Picture: Getty)

One such reunion happened in 1996 when he was invited to stage a full production of Quadrophenia in London.

Bizarrely, one of the guests was Gary Glitter (a year before he was arrested for being a sex pest), and the night before the gig he hit Roger in the face by accident.

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Roger had to wear an eyepatch to perform. Luckily the rest of it was a success and they toured the production.

A total of eight solo albums have been released by Roger and his film credits include Buddys Song, Lightning Jack and Lisztomania.

Roger Daltrey net worth, age, and battle with meningitis
The Who perform during their residency at Vegas The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2017 (Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Roger, who is allergic to cannabis, has spoken this year about how he survived meningitis in 2015, saying it made him think about his own mortality.

Hes also been a vocal about his support of Brexit and has blamed Labour for the results of their immigration policies.

The singer has been married twice and has three kids with second wife Heather, a model, plus an illegitimate son with Elisabeth Aronsson called Mathias, born during his first marriage.

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