At the end of the day …. “Remembering Roger Ridley …. “!!


~~September 17, 2014~~


“As it appears on Roger’s Facebook page …. “

“Hello, my name is Roger Ridley and I was in the “JOY” business. I was born in Lumpkin, Georgia, a small town near Atlanta. My career started in elementary school when I sang in a school program to get out of English class. I moved to New York City in 1964 and launched my professional career with Maley & The Isles as the lead singer, the first of many times as a singer.

At the age of 26 I married and became a father of three, two girls and one boy. They too are musically talented and sing with much feeling and authority. While I was playing in many clubs around New York City and throughout the tri-state area, the Ridley genius also ran deeply in the house.


I come from a musical family, “all my life I have been surrounded by music: my mother, my sisters and brothers are all singers and my father played the guitar, a little.

My goals were to share my music and songs with the world. “I pray these goals have been accomplished.” I thank God and appreciate the fact that I have the ability to draw crowds wherever I perform whether it be on the city streets, in the subways, concerts, street fairs or the night clubs.

On March 29, 1997 I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where I performed in a show about street musicians called “Madhattan” produced by Kenneth Feld. After one years of the show running it closed and a close friend of mine introduced me to the 3rd street Promenade in Santa Monica California and all of a sudden I was back to performing in front of millions of people, a diversified audience with one thing in common, good music.

On November 16, 2005 my Lord and Savior called me home and I had to go. I have made my mark and am very satisfied in knowing that my family is keeping my music alive.


Roger Ridley and his music embody everything that music is: soul, perseverance, and talent. He has often been called “the voice of God” by the other street musicians on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California. His dedication to his audience is clear, traveling from his home in Las Vegas, Nevada to his spot in Santa Monica every Saturday and giving his best performance before returning home that night.

It was Roger’s performance of Stand By Me that sent Playing for Change off on its mission to connect the world through music by adding other musicians to his recording.




~~Tears On My Pillow/You Send me~~

~Playing For Change~

~~Published on Sep 12, 2014~~

Directly from the YouTube video description … Playing for Change YouTube channel

“Sending you love from your worldwide PFC Family. Today we are proud beyond words to bring back our hero, the voice that started our first ever Song Around The World, “Stand By Me“, many years ago on the streets in Santa Monica, CA. Roger Ridley inspired us from the very beginning, and his music continues to inspire as we share this with you 9 years and 95 Episodes later.

When I first met Roger, I had no idea we would collaborate on something that would reach so many people and help them feel more connected as a human race. Today we are growing the PFC family all over the world and thanks to Roger, all of you, and music everywhere, we can see that if we stand by each other everything is going to be alright. Turn up this classic medley of “Tears on My Pillow” and “You Send Me“, the final PFC video featuring Roger Ridley, and for a moment find peace in your heart and in your world. Music is the Key.

RIP Roger, we LOVE you and your music shines as bright as the sun.”

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson … Playing for Change co-founder


~~Stand By Me~~

~Song Around the World~

~~Uploaded on Nov 6, 2008~~

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Join the movement here:….

From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music“, comes “Stand By Me“, the first of many Songs Around The World produced by Playing For Change. This Ben E. King classic features musicians around the world recorded by the Playing For Change team during their travels. This song continues to remind us that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

Grandpa Elliot & Rodger Ridley

Grandpa Elliot & Rodger Ridley



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We ALL are ONE!! 



21 thoughts on “At the end of the day …. “Remembering Roger Ridley …. “!!

  1. Well done. Roger Ridley was a great singer as well as Grandpa Elliot. I enjoyed stand by me very much. I was sad to read that Roger has passed away as i would have liked to listen to him singing live on a holiday. Anyway we have YouTube that keeping him singing live for all to see for ever.

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  2. The greatest music I have ever had the privilege to listen to. It was so sad to find out that Roger Ridley had passed away before I had even heard his music. Thank God for “Playing For Change” immortalizing his music.

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  3. Rex,
    Thank you. I could listen to this man all day long. He soothes my soul and touches my heart so deeply. I’m so sorry I just found out about him and he’s gone. He was born in GA where I transplanted myself 45 yrs ago. I came here for a visit and never left because it felt like “Home”. Roger knows where my heart lives. He gets me. How can that be when this nerdy, skinny, middle-class, white girl never left the state of Massachusetts? Well, we all know that music is the one thing that touches all kinds of hearts in all walks of life. Thank you for this post and the amazing musical introduction. Blessings to you and yours for sharing.

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    • GM, maccarecrew … Oh, m’gosh … I posted this 3 years ago!! Thanks so much for looking this up, finding it and leaving your kind comnet. You’ve just made my day. I’m sad that you learned of his passing. He indeed was a great man!! His music will be forever.
      I think I can understand one reason you never went back: the winters!! LOL …
      Thanks again for your kind words … I also wish you and yours the best!! Blessings, peace, love … Namaste … ❤


  4. “Sitting on the dock of the bay” gives us hope… I was so sad to hear Roger’ passed from this life to the next. I can tell by his smile he was a beautiful person inside and out. Sorry I didn’t find you sooner Roger. Rest in peace, Marcy

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  5. I really really love Roger Ridley! I’m now listening his music. I’m living in South Korea. one of my dream was to meet him but Today I know he is not here….. I’m so so sad

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