Vince HILL (1937-)

Vince Hill
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Vince Hill, singer and songwriter, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews while entertaining pensioners at the Daffodil Club in London’s East End.

Vince’s break as a singer came when he joined the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals as a vocalist. After completing his military service he sang with the Teddy Foster's Band, before joining the critically acclaimed British vocal group, The Raindrops, which gave him his first opportunity to perform on television and radio shows.

As a solo performer Vince had his first chart success with Take Me To Your Heart Again in 1966, followed by Roses of Picardy, a year later. His most successful hit was Edelweiss, from the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, which was a No. 2 hit in March 1967.

Although known mainly for his voice Vince is also a songwriter and composed many songs with his musical director Ernie Dunstall.

“This has been the greatest kept secret since - I don’t know!”

Vince Hill recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in March 2010

Screenshots of Vince Hill This Is Your Life - and Vince at his home in March 2010

programme details...

  • Edition No: 431
  • Subject No: 428
  • Broadcast date: Wed 3 Mar 1976
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 25 Feb 1976
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 16
  • Edition: 17
  • Code Name: Vale

on the guest list...

  • Anne - wife
  • Royal Corps of Signals bandsmen
  • Joe Lee
  • Mick Burchill
  • Cliff Purves
  • Ralph Donnell
  • Lily - mother
  • Eve - sister
  • Valerie - sister
  • Jack - brother
  • Denis Holroyd
  • Billy Carroll
  • Pat Frolish
  • Alan Mile
  • Teddy Foster
  • Len Beadle
  • Johnny Worth
  • Jackie Lee
  • Brian Mather
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Ken Dodd
  • David Nixon

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production team...

  • Researchers: Maurice Leonard, Marilyn Gaunt
  • Writers: Tom Brennand, Roy Bottomley
  • Director: Mike Dormer
  • Producer: Jack Crawshaw
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 16: Ronnie Dukes > Ray Milland > Mike Hailwood > Frank Windsor > Magnus Pyke > Bill Tidy > Gladys Mills > Andy Stewart > Windsor Davies > Ray Reardon > Patrick Mower > Alberto Remedios > Susan Masham > Betty Driver > Henry "Shrimp" Davies > Gwen Berryman > Vince Hill > Arnold Ridley > Beryl Reid > Alan Mullery > Percy Thrower > Gareth Edwards > June Whitfield > Terry Fincher > Richard Dunn > Norman Croucher