Vince Taylor was born Brian Maurice Holden on 14 July 1939 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England. He was raised in New Jersey (USA) but returned to the UK to create the finest fleeting moments in British rock ‘n’ roll.
Taylor looked and sounded like Gene Vincent, cutting loose with two 50’s Parlophone singles – including Brand New Cadillac (later covered by The Clash) – before recording his most incendiary rocker, Jet Black Machine in 1960.
He then signed to Barclay in France, where he became domiciled. His unstable character ultimately caused his downfall.