Roger Christian biography

Roger Christian

Songwriter, Composer

1934 – 1991

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Who was Roger Christian?

Roger "Hot Dog Rog" Christian was a radio personality and lyricist who co-wrote several songs for The Beach Boys, mostly about cars, including "Ballad of Ole' Betsy", "Car Crazy Cutie", "Cherry, Cherry Coupe", "Don’t Worry Baby", "In the Parkin' Lot", "Little Deuce Coupe", "No-Go Showboat", "Shut Down", and "Spirit of America", all with Brian Wilson.

He also co-wrote many songs recorded by Jan and Dean, including "Dead Man's Curve", "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", "Sidewalk Surfin'", "Drag City", "Honolulu Lulu", and "You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy".

Christian, along with Gary Usher, collaborated on several songs that were either featured in or specifically written for the films Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Ride the Wild Surf, Beach Blanket Bingo, Ski Party, Beach Ball, and Catalina Caper - including three songs for Dick Dale.

Christian worked as a radio personality in Los Angeles in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was one of the original "Boss Jocks" when 93KHJ debuted in 1965. His radio career started in Buffalo, New York in the mid-1950s.

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Born
Jul 3, 1934
New York
Also known as
  • Roger "Hot Dog Rog" Christian
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Jul 11, 1991
Tarzana

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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