IT’S nearly 70 years since Vince Eager made his singing debut – and he’s still going strong.
He has just released his latest album – this time on CD rather than a 33rpm vinyl – and despite being an octave lower, little has changed from those heady rock ’n’ roll years.
In fact Vince, or Roy Taylor as his was known to fellow choristers in St John’s Choir in the 1950s, is nearly as old as the genre itself. Aged 12 he was in Ruston & Hornsby’s panto as a treble. He learned the mouth organ and with two friends, Roy Clarke and Brian Locking formed the Harmonica Vagabonds.
Along came rock ’n’ roll and they picked up guitars and formed a skiffle group, The Vagabonds. They went to London hoping for the big time. Two came home, but Brian joined the Shadows, while Vince went on to enjoy a solo career, in the Larry Parnes’ stable with the likes of Billy Fury, Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde and Joe Brown.
And it is that pedigree no doubt that inspired him co-write the title track on his new CD, Rockabilly Dinosaur.
The backing musicians, especially guitarist Alan Wilson, complement Vince’s vocals which show signs of maturity but not ageing. It’s a very confident performance by the old rocker.
The CD is available from www.vinceeager.co.uk and all copies purchased from the website will be signed. It is also available from record shops or Amazon and other download sites.