About Roger Hill..
Without Roger, there would be no SAMRecords.
Roger’s first ever live performance was delivered standing on a table outside the Brookvale Pub, Erdington, playing through an open window to an audience who were inside the pub. He was too young to be allowed in. However, his brother Bob, being that little bit older, was able to supply vocals from inside the pub. From this unusual start, Roger played with many bands including The Uglys, The Exception and even a very early incarnation of The Move. There followed a brief spell with Fairport Convention in 1973, then Spitfire and in 1978, Roger received the requisite invitation to fill a vacancy in the Chris Barber Jazz Band. After nearly ten years of this punishing 270 gigs a year schedule, he returned home.
In late1986, John saw Roger Hill guest with the Trevor Burton Band at the Red Lion, Kings Heath. This marked Roger’s return to the Midlands music circuit and he soon began gigging around with amigos as The Roger Hill Band. To cut a long story short, after meeting Roger and his partner as an early morning fare when John was a taxi driver, Roger later became John’s mentor and guitar guru. They subsequently became great pals enjoying many adventures together. It was a great sadness to John when Roger passed away in 2011. It was also somewhat frustrating that so few bootleg recordings of his musical genius existed. It was only after his brother Bob passed away four years later that some archive recordings surfaced. John was quick to recognise their importance and suggested to the Hill family that they were good enough to prepare for release and so SAM Records was born.