Tommy Vance

1941 - 2005




Radio DJ Tommy Vance joined Radio Caroline in the 1960s after 'having to leave' the US very suddenly. He was in the original BBC Radio 1 team as a presenter of Top Gear before moving to London's Capital Radio for its launch.
His return to BBC Radio 1 in 1978 placed him as presenter of the Friday Rock Show, which was memorable for coupling his distinctive gravelly voice and slick presentation with heavy metal and rock music.
The show has been credited as major factor in the rise of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

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