b. Vincent Earl, 11 June 1944, Birkenhead, England. Earl was among the first Merseybeat musicians to start playing as he formed the Teenage Rebels when only 11 years old. They performed tunes such as ‘Giddy-Up-A-Ding-Dong’ at the Birkenhead Boys Club, with the drummer playing an empty Shell-Mex oil-drum turned upside down and the guitarist using a metal pipe as a bridge on his guitar. By 1961 he was the smooth-voiced lead singer for Vince Earl And The Zeros, performing hits by Cliff Richard and Bobby Vee, and then he moved onto the more Merseybeat-sounding Vince Earl And The Talismen. Turning fully professional, Earl, normally a front man, played bass for Rory Storm And The Hurricanes. He then had a spell with the harmony band, the Connoisseurs, which included a tour of Germany. Cabaret was becoming popular so he added gags to the act and led the Vince Earl Attraction until 1977. He had acting roles in Boys From The Black Stuff and No Surrender and from 1990, he played the shopkeeper Ron Dixon in the television soap Brookside.Considering the soap stars who have made hit records, irrespective as to whether they can sing, it seems extraordinary that the highly competent Earl has not made records.
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