Of all the pretenders to the throne of "British Elvis" in the pre-Beatles UK music scene
, none had the swagger
quite like Vince Taylor
His stylings, pitched halfway between Gene Vincent and Pressley, found success in the early 60's, especially in France
. The man who Joe Strummer
described as "the beginning of British rock'n'roll," was on the verge of stardom in 1963, but already hooked on a cocktail of Preludin, speed, LSD and alcohol, he instead fell apart
. Believing himself to be the apostle Matthew or the son of God, he gave sermons on stage while wrapped in a white sheet, ate only eggs, and carried around a map of Europe, trying to point out to people where the UFO's would land.
David Bowie, living in London in 1966, met and was transfixed by this already burnt out, drug addled heartthrob who had "fallen into a chasm too deep to ever climb out of.
by the rock star who "thought he was some composite between the Son of God and an alien," he put pen to paper. The song? Ziggy Stardust
From the late 1960's it was all downhill, and although Taylor emerged sporadically
for various comebacks
, a few albums (including 1972's "Vince is alive, well and rocking in Paris
") his later years were for the most part a blur of incoherent performances on small scale tours
and periods spent in religious communes and psychiatric wards. He died in 1991
after a short period working as an aircraft mechanic in Switzerland.
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