Roger Christian

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Roger Christian aka “Hot Dog Rog” (3 Jul 1934 – 11 Jul 1991)

Beach Party (7-Aug-1963) beach boy – uncredited
Muscle Beach Party (25 Mar 1964) beach boy
Bikini Beach (22-Jul-1964) surfer
The Swinging Set (1964) newscaster – uncredited

Composer:
Beach Party (1963): ”Beach Party”, “Swingin’ and a-Surfin'”, “Secret Surfin’ Spot”

Muscle Beach Party (1964) “Muscle Beach Party”, “Runnin’ Wild”, “Muscle Bustle”, “My First Love”, “Surfin’ Woodie”, “Surfer’s Holiday”

Bikini Beach (1964) ”Bikini Drag”, “Record Run”

Ride the Wild Surf (1964) ”Ride the Wild Surf”

Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) “Cycle Set”, “I’ll Never Change Him”

Ski Party (1965) “Ski Party”, “The Gasser”

Beach Ball (1965) ”My Buddy Seat”

A Swingin’ Summer (1965) “A Swingin’ Summer”

Catalina Caper (1967) “Book of Love”


 

LA Times Obituary
Roger Christian; Disc Jockey, Songwriter
July 18, 1991

Roger Christian, a popular local disc jockey during the 1960s and 1970s who co-wrote songs with the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean, has died at his Tarzana home. He was 57.

Christian co-wrote several pop hits, including “The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)” for Jan & Dean and “Don’t Worry Baby” and “Little Deuce Coupe” for the Beach Boys.

Christian died July 11 of complications of kidney and liver failure, said his ex-wife, Joanne Christian of Canoga Park.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Christian got his break in radio in the mid-1950s after saving a radio executive’s wife from drowning in a New York lake while working as a lifeguard. In 1959, he came to California where he worked for a radio station in San Bernardino before going to oldies station KRLA-AM and to KFWB-AM, then a Top-40 station. Christian, who had a great knowledge of music trivia, later was a disc jockey for then-Top-40 station KHJ-AM, now-defunct KBLA-AM and KIQQ-FM.

He also worked a few years as an announcer for Armed Forced Radio before leaving the radio business in the mid-1970s. Christian continued to write songs, in addition to short stories and a book.

In addition to his ex-wife, he is survived by his sons, Mark Christian of Chatsworth and Roger Christian Jr. of West Hollywood; daughters, Kimberly Addrisi of Canoga Park and Tamara Christian of West Los Angeles; mother, Beatrice Lloyd of Newbury Park; brother, Ronald Christian of Ventura; a half-brother; a half-sister, and a granddaughter.

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