Join Vince for his slide and talk presentation as he recalls the heady days when, as a major pop star in the late 1950s & 60s he appeared on prime time television most Saturday evenings on such shows as the "Six Five Special", "Drumbeat" and "Oh Boy". Vince's takes you behind the scenes whilst touring with pals such as Joe Brown, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent and reveals the mischief and mayhem they created, including an altercation with TV's smallest big star! It's fascinating, fun, and not to be missed!
Vince recalls the aftermath following his having been chosen to be the first British rock 'n' roller to appear on the Eurovision Song Contest in 1960, and how he inadvertently broke the contest rules. The ups and downs of losing his pal Eddie Cochran as they headed to record in America. Recalling the moment he saved Jayne Mansfield from an embarrassing dress malfunction, plus having to decide if he should become "Elvis Presley" or "Alvin Stardust", or to simply serenade an audience of pigeons. Life has never been dull for Vince!
Following his years as one of Britain’s top pop stars turned cabaret and West End show performers, Vince and his wife decided a change of scenery would be most welcome so he took up the offer of becoming a Cruise Director and his wife Anette became a Travel Manager. Vince has a wealth of stories relating to cruising both in front of and behind the cabin doors. How did the 1984 fuel crisis make cruising what it is today? Do Turkey’s Minarets always play Elvis songs? Do the crew sleep onboard? All will be revealed!
Vince's passion for music began when, as a toddler during the second world war, he would sing along with his father who played the piano. Vince's grandmother saw the potential in his voice and enrolled him in her church choir where, within three years he became a soloist.
Singing in his local church choir lead to Vince appearing in local pantomimes and talent shows and forming a skiffle group named "The Vagabonds". They were coaxed into entering The World Skiffle Championship, which was broadcast live on BBC TV, and came second.
Following success in the "World Skiffle Championships", The Vagabonds were invited to appear at The 2i's Coffee Bar in London's West End. The bar was the place to be seen and it lead to a theatre appearance where Vince was spotted by Tommy Steele's manager Larry Parnes
During his time on the BBC TV show "Drumbeat"., Vince encountered many guest artistes, but it was the smallest artist who gave him the biggest problems yet paved the way for his Eurovision appearance.
As theatre's closed, the night club circuit in the UK blossomed. Along with Vince's overseas and UK cabaret appearances he also became in demand with the blossoming cruise liner entertainment industry.
The 1970s found Vince enjoying intermittent high seas adventures on cruise liners as they become more popular, whilst on dry land he was kept busy on the cabaret circuit with his new group, "The Clockwork Toys"
Following his his five years in the lead role in the award winning West End show "Elvis the Musical", Vince was offered a Cruise Director's position on cruise ships. His wife became a travel manager and they spent 14 years on the high seas.
During Vince and Anette's years at sea they visited over 80 countries and collected a wealth of tales to tell. Wether they're tales of onboard or on land, behind cabin doors or on deck, they're fascinating and they're fun!
Vince Eager & The Memphis Tones performing "You're Never Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll"