Rodney Vincent is your complete entertainer. His one-man show is a feast of entertainment that caters for anyone and everyone who enjoys a good time. It is a blend of country, comedy, old time favourites, rock ‘n’ roll and storytelling that cannot help but make people laugh.
Rodney’s standing in Australia’s entertainment scene is no accident, it is a result of a long hard apprenticeship that as he says “started a while ago”.
His journey has taken him from his first paying gig in an old time dance band at his local hall to when he joined the Channel 9 Singers on In Melbourne Tonight which featured Graham Kennedy, Ugly Dave Gray, Jimmy Hannan, Bert Newton and other household names. From music hall, floorshow work, recording and touring – it’s when you see Rodney performing that you can see all those experiences coming out in his work.
The world of comedy added another string to Rodney’s bow when he toured with one of Australia’s great comedians Col Elliott, not only as a special guest but he played the straight man to many of Col’s characters. He also worked with another great in the field of comedy Lucky Grills, watching and learning the art of how to make people laugh and enjoy themselves.
To work with the best is what we all aspire to and Rodney is very proud of his association with the late great American Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Gene Pitney. From a chance guest appearance one night in Tasmania he went on to be Gene’s very special guest on five of his Australian tours. Rodney also wrote and recorded two songs with Gene, What a big Surprise and Let’s not make the same mistake again. Gene then offered to do the harmony parts on each of the songs.
Awards are not high on Rodney’s agenda as he always says “you are only as good as your last performance” but he does admit to being an applause junkie. There is nothing like the high you get when you do a great show and hear that applause, it’s a good feeling to make people happy. His greatest satisfaction is when people come up after the show with a smile on their face and say what a great time they have had, for him that is what it is all about.
Rodney was voted Victorian Entertainer of the Year in 2006 and was inducted into the South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
For more information about Rodney, visit his website www.RodneyVincent.com.au