Fortunately or not, Roger Clinton's identity was irrevocably tied to his older half-brother Bill's once he was elected President of the United States, though it has really nothing to do with his level of talent. Clinton was born July 25, 1957, a product of his mother's second marriage, and was very close to Bill growing up. At age 16, Clinton played his first paid gig with a rock band called Dealer's Choice at a topless bar in his hometown of Hot Springs, AK. However, as he drifted between various odd jobs and rock bands, he also unfortunately became addicted to drugs and alcohol; in 1984 was arrested for dealing cocaine (ironically, in a sting operation authorized by Bill) and served a year in federal prison. After his release, Clinton entered an alcohol rehab program and began to pull his life together. He also spent three years as a member of country legend George Jones' backing band. Once Bill's presidential campaign was in full swing, Clinton performed often at fundraising shows. Through his half-brother, Clinton met TV producers Harry and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and was hired as a personal assistant; he eventually became an audience warm-up comedian at sitcom tapings, and settled in the Los Angeles area. He began appearing in low-budget comedy and horror films as well, and in 1994 released his debut album, Nothing Good Comes Easy, on Rhino Records. The following year, he published the autobiography Growing Up Clinton. Though he has not resumed his recording career, Clinton has continued to perform and demo and has been working in the field of children's music since 2002.
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