This day (April 25, 1999), in Dayton, Ohio, died Roger Troutman, the lead singer of the band Zapp.
Wikipedia : This day (April 25, 1999), in Dayton, Ohio, died Roger Troutman, the lead singer of the band Zapp.
@allmusic : Innovative funkster Roger Troutman was the master of the talk box — an effects unit that created robotic-sounding vocals through the simultaneous use of a piano-like interface and a breath controller (breath tube).
@last.fm : As a member of Zapp, a band that included his brothers Larry, Lester, and Terry, and recording under the solo moniker of Roger, he helped define and give life to a difficult-to-play instrument that previously was used for gimmicky effects and, as played by others, was basically devoid of personality.
Video : California Love (1998) . More Bounce (1998) . So Ruff, So Tuff (1998) . Computer Love (1989) . I Can Make You Dance (1989) . The Talkbox (1987) .