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Vince Vance & The Valiants

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Vince Vance & The Valiants are a country pop and Rock-‘n’-Roll musical group from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, founded by Andy Stone (nee Vince Vance). They are known primarily for their singles: 1) “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts on six separate occasions, reaching its peak of #31 in 2000; and 2) “Bomb Iran”, which was “The Most Requested Song in the United States”, according to Billboard Magazine, in 1980 for several weeks during the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis , garnering much radio play and millions of dollars worth of free publicity [Newsweek, US News & World Report, Playboy, Rolling Stone, etc.] for the band and its already notorious live stage antics.

Vance was born January 31, 1950 in Oakland, California, the son of Andrew John Stone and Melvina Anne “Molly” Stone. Vance, of Croatian nationality, was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Little is known about Vance’s personal life, but at one point became a high school teacher, and had even found time to write a children’s book and poetry in his later years.

Founded in a New Orleans French Quarter Bourbon Street club in 1971, one of the Valiants’ most notable characteristics is the audience interaction and style of frontman Vance, who also serves as the band’s keyboardist. The band is also known for its theatrical stage antics, with props such as a 6-foot head in Vance’s likeness, and a John Deere five-wheel tricycle. Vance himself has 50 complete costume changes for each show.

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