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Vince Taylor (born Brian Maurice Holden on July 14, 1939 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England; died August 28, 1991) was a British rock and roll singer.

As the frontman for The Playboys, Taylor was successful primarily in the UK and Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960s, afterwards falling into obscurity amidst personal problems and drug abuse.

Early life

Taylor’s early life was in Isleworth, Middlesex. When he was seven years old, the Holdens emigrated to America and settled in New Jersey where his father took work in a coal mine. Around 1955, his sister married Joe Barbera, of Hanna-Barbera productions, a successful animated cartoon company. As a result of the marriage, the family moved to California where Brian attended Hollywood High.

As a teenager, Taylor loved to fly, took flying lessons and obtained a pilot’s license.

His music career

At age 18, impressed by the music of Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley, Taylor began to sing, mostly at amateur gigs. Joe Barbera, his brother-in-law, became his manager. When Barbera went to London on business he asked Taylor to join him to check out the music scene. At that time, rock was experiencing phenomenal international growth amongst teenagers, and American rockers were high in demand in the UK. Concerts starring Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry and Bill Haley & His Comets (referred to collectively as the “American Invasion”), played to crowds of UK teenagers in sold out halls.


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  • themetalguru200

    Apparently the inspiration for Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character.

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • gEEEERa

    I got here thanks to Morrissey's 2011 tour

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • KlaY-de-12

    BEST.ROCK'N'ROLL.SINGER.EVER. Elvis is a choir kid compared to Vince !!!!!

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • telecaster52

    He was great, and of course, and had to leave England to earn a living. Where has the British Music industry been all these years?

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • beingandy

    So this is where Brian Setzer ripped off the stray cats lick.

    21 Oct 2008 Reply

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