|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rockabilly rock and roll british|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Brian Maurice Holden, 14 July 1939, London, England, d. 28 August 1991, Lutry, Switzerland. One of the first and most authentic British rock n rollers, the black leather-clad Taylor was virtually ignored by his native Britons but managed to make a decent living in France, where he spent most of his life. Born Brian Holden, he moved with his parents to the USA in 1946, growing up in New Jersey before relocating to California in the mid-50s. He followed his brother-in-law Joe Singer to London shortly afterwards in an attempt to launch a career in the music business, having already played in a number of local bands in California. Holden began hanging around the 2 Is coffee bar in Old Compton Street where he soon made the acquaintance of like-minded musicians. He changed his name to Vince Taylor, taking the surname from the actor Robert Taylor and his new first name from the legend on a packet of Pall Mall cigarettes, In Hoc Vinces. His...