Durham Town folk singer dies at 87
According to his website, he sold nearly 50 million records worldwide, including The Last Farewell and New World in the Morning.
With the Skye Boat Song, a duet with Des O’Connor in 1986, he achieved success in folk clubs.
Additionally, he was able to sing in several languages.
German and French were included, allowing him to appeal to a wide audience, especially in Germany.
His parents were from Staffordshire, England, and he was born in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1936. After serving his national service in Kenya, Whittaker studied medicine.
Aside from studying for his degree, he sang in local clubs and wrote his own music.
He left his medical course after 18 months and became a teacher at the University of Bangor in Wales in 1959.
He composed some songs for university Rag Week and sent a demo track to a music publisher while there. Roger was back in the studio recording The Charge of the Light Brigade before he knew it, according to his biography.
While still a student, his next release, Steel Men, picked up airplay, and his career progressed, leading to TV work.
In 2012, he retired to France with his wife Natalie.