Vince Taylor The Story Of.. (AVI Format) (Movie) (ENG)
Posted: 14 Sep 2019 04:01 AM PDT
Vince Taylor The Rise and Fall
Original Ziggy - The Doomed Brit Rocker Who Inspired Bowie* The death of
David Bowie, coming like a lightning bolt from the blue, has gotten the
world talking about his influence and legacy.
It's made me think about the people who influenced him - and in particular,
a long forgotten British Rock n'Roller, one of the originals, who was the
inspiration (or at least partly) for Ziggy Stardust.
This is the story of Vince Taylor. And I think the story is worth telling.
Vince Taylor is from the Stone Age. The least fashionable era of British
Rock and Pop Music, when the early pioneers who heard the very earliest
Yank Rock N'Roll - often on radio stations serving US servicemen in Europe
- came up with a weird, mid-Atlantic take on the music.
They they look and attitude of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochrane and Gene
Vincent and came up with a strange, ersatz copy, in the way the
British-made cars of the era aped the Fins and Chrome look of Yank cars of
the era on a smaller, more homely scale.
They were the likes of Cliff Richard and Johnny Kidd. And one of the
biggest at the time - Rock n'Roll wildman Vince Taylor - is now virtually
But every time you hear Bowie sing Ziggy, you are hearing the story of
Vince, the Black Leather clad, chain-swinging maniac who was the first
British Rock star, exploding at that moment between grey, post-war
austerity and the birth of Beat Music and the Liverpool Sound.
And when David Bowie created Ziggy Stardust, he had in mind the
long-forgotten Rock n'Roll star called Vince Taylor, the original Live,
Fast, Die Young wildman of Brit Rock.
As he explained in a BBC Documentary in the '90s - Bowie used to hang out
with Taylor in London in the mid-60's when the singer was well past his
brief, blazing hey-day.
By this stage, Taylor was pretty much out of his mind on drink and drugs.
Bowie recalled how, Taylor would always carry maps around with him. And one
day in a bar close to Charing Cross Road, Taylor took out one of the maps
and started pointing to locations where UFOs would soon land.
The old Rocker had formed a theory that Jesus Christ was really an alien.
Taylor had started doing gigs in old pubs dressed in white robes and
telling bemused, sparse audiences that he was, in fact, Jesus Christ.
Taylor was convinced that there was a strong connection between himself,
aliens and the Lord.
Bowie resurrected Vince Taylor in the early 70s, when Taylor’s flipped-out
Rock n'Roll religion became one of the main ingredients of Ziggy.
Taylor was born in London, raised in the US and returned back home as a
teenager just in time to catch the Rock n'Roll wave. As the wildly
gyrating, black leather clad front-man for Vince Taylor & The Playboys, he
shone very brightly, very briefly. His later life was a sort of slow
descent, booze, drugs, bankruptcy, bad choices, ever diminishing crowds.
Vince, real name Brian Holden, was born in Isleworth, Middlsex just before
the war. His father moved the family to the US in 1946 and in 1955, his
sister married Joe Barbera, one half of the animation duo who produced huge
cartoon series such as Captain Caveman and Wacky Races.
They moved to California, where the teenage Brian was exposed to early Rock
n'Roll and started singing in bands. Inspired by Elvis and Gene Vince, he
changed his name to Vince Taylor and decided to move back to Britain.
It was perfect timing. The late '50s saw Rock n'Roll explode in the UK and
Vince, with his Black Leather & Swinging Chain Wildman act, was soon
enjoying the first of a string of hits. With Elvis, Gene Vincent and Eddie
Cochrane on the other side of the Atlantic, Vince Taylor was as close to
the real thing as most teens and the music industry could get.
He was a big draw during the brief heyday of British Rock n'Roll. But saw
his career fade in the UK. He remained popular in France and The
Netherlands, as a sort of Anglophone Johnny Halliday, a throwback to the
glory days of black leather and greased back hair.
Billed - with his band - as "Vince Taylor et ses Play-Boys", he lived much
of the the rest of his life in France and Switzerland. By the '80s, he had
largely kicked his drink and drug problems and was working as an aircraft
mechanic, a period which he called "the happiest days of my life".
He died of cancer in 1991, aged 54 and is buried in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Vince is now virtually forgotten, except for those - like Bowie - who
remembered him in his heyday.
A b-side of his from '59 - Brand New Cadillac - has been covered by many
artists - including The Clash on London's Calling.
But as Van Morrison put it in his 1999 song "Goin' Down Geneva": "Vince
Taylor used to live here/No one's even heard of him/Just who he was/Just
where he fits in".
**** THANKS FOR READING*****
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"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"
Juan Bastos (Loop Di Love) Single (GER) 1970-71
Posted: 14 Sep 2019 02:46 AM PDT
Continuing The International Record Collection is....
Label:Admiral Records – AD 1147Format:Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM,
SingleCountry:GermanyReleased:1970Genre:Rock, PopStyle:Pop Rock
My Personnel Opinion is..It's One of Those Songs You Love or You Hate..Lol
"Loop di Love" is a schlager pop song written by German musicians Dieter
Dierks and Michael Schepior, based on the traditional Greek song "Darla
It was first recorded in 1971 by Rolf Steitz (born in Cologne, Germany, 7
January 1952) performing under the pseudonym Juan Bastós. This version was
a hit in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Bastós also had a hit in
Europe with "Holy Goly Girl", and later worked as a songwriter and as a
member of the band Santiago and the duo Bogart.(A One Hit Wonder)
"Loop di Love" was then recorded by English musician and entrepreneur
Jonathan King, who released it in August 1972 on his UK record label under
the pseudonym Shag. King's vocals were treated electronically for the
record, and it was arranged by Johnny Arthey. The version by Shag reached
no.4 on the UK singles chart. The record was also released in the US,
Australia, and in Europe.
In 2001, Austrian artist DJ Ötzi recorded a German language version of the
song entitled "Loop Die Love", which can be found on his album
entitled "Love, Peace & Vollgas"
Here is The UK Version Top Countdown in 1971
Ahhh...Those were The Days!!
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"