Vincent Rodney Cheesman
21 May 1943
Reading, Berkshire, England
14 February 1989
Westminster, London, England
Progressive rock, Hard rock, Blues rock, Psychedelic rock, Funk, rock
Hammond organ, piano
Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Dexys Midnight Runners
Vincent Crane (21 May 1943 – 14 February 1989) was a self-taught pianist, who studied theory and composition at Trinity College of Music, and graduated in 1964. He was best known as the organist for [1 ] The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster.
Vincent Rodney Cheesman in Reading, Berkshire, he was influenced by Graham Bond, and in 1967 teamed up with [1 ] Arthur Brown in The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Their eponymous debut album, (1968) contained the song " The Crazy World of Arthur Brown Fire", a chart-topping hit single in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, with Crane's organ on the leads.
During the tour of the USA, the band began to splinter, when Crane and
drummer Carl Palmer (later of Emerson, Lake & Palmer) left to form Atomic Rooster in late 1969. Atomic Rooster enjoyed success in 1971 with two hit singles, "Tomorrow Night", and "Devil's Answer". [2 ]
Crane was plagued by
bipolar disorder, resulting in numerous outpatient and inpatient mental health treatment facilities and hospital admissions. Crane is associated with the [2 ] Hammond Organ which was central to The Crazy World of Arthur Brown album, as well as to Atomic Rooster's music.
He collaborated with other musicians on a number of albums, including
Rory Gallagher ( , 1971), Rory Gallagher Arthur Brown ( Faster Than The Speed Of Light, 1979), Peter Green, Richard Wahnfried and Dexys Midnight Runners ( , 1985). In 1983 he was part of the one-off Don't Stand Me Down blues outfit, Katmandu, with Ray Dorset and Green, who recorded the album . A Case for the Blues
Crane died of an
overdose of painkillers after a lifetime of struggling with Manic depression, in 1989, at the age of 45. [3 ]
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