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The year is 1971. Goin’ back all the way to my high school days. That summer, I formed a rock band during the interim between junior year and senior year in high school.
In the Fall of 1971 we auditioned for the house band slot at a new South Bay nightspot, The Tender Trap. Well, they passed on us, but snagged our female lead singer, Pat Collins to be their hostess. And they gave us tickets to their grand opening. The headliners that night were a band from New Orleans, called “Vince Vance & The Valiants”. They were modeled after retro rockers, “Sha Na Na”, and they had 3 GIRLS in the band who’d cover the ’60s girl group genre. The photo I’ve colorized is the band’s promo photo for 1971-72.
COLOR PHOTOS OF VINCE VANCE & THE VALIANTS IN CONCERT IN 1972-73,
TAKEN BY CECIL BRIDGES, AND RESTORED BY AMERICAN PHOTO COLORIZING.COM
In 1980, the band performed a political satire of The Beach Boys’ rendition of “Barbara Ann”. If you were around back then, you probably remember singing along to “Bomb-Bomb-Bomb – Bomb-Bomb Iran”.
Thirteen years later, Vince Vance & The Valiants had a big Christmas hit in the Country music field, with their original “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, first aired at Christmas 1993. It wound up on the Billboard Hot 100 SIX TIMES during the 1990s, and twice more between 2000 and 2002.
Coincidentally, Mariah Carey wrote and recorded a song with the exact same name and story line in 1994 (I’ll say no more).
I’ve included Vince Vance & The Valiants’ music video of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on today’s blog. The band is still going strong, 43 years later. Long may they reign!
“ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU”
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