Vince Vance & the Valiants

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Vince Vance & the Valiants
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Adult contemporary
Years active1971–present
MembersVince Vance
Kate Karlin (Haygood)
Gerra Adkins
Chrislynn Lee
Lisa Layne
Terry Bayless
Past membersDana (D White) Wakefield, James Viator (Esq.), Kenny "Krud" (aka "Little Richard") Brandt, Tom "Speedo Ray Earle" Hanson, Joe "Benny da Gut" Mullane M.D.,Kenny Mac Elroy, Tom "Johnny Dream" Campbell, Dale "Frankie Smutz" Smith, Buck Fudge, Pheno Barbatelli, Moose, George "da Mouse" Matranga, Duke Cherry, Turkey Bordello, Peaches, Tomata Lou, Beverly "Valerie Vance" Warren, Sid "The Professor" Arroyo, The HOOD, Phil "Tchopatoulis" Phistry, Jack "Uncle Meat" Damone, Dave Duffy, Buzzy Beano, Max Nova, Mark LeBlanc, Billy "Silver" Smith, Keith "Savage Lizard" Crappell, C. "Luke Strange" Gunnstaks (Esq.), "Spike" Fike, Richard Heath [R.I.P.], Nick "Lil' Nicky Vance" Manousos (Esq.), Raymond Blanchard, Rick Wiedeman, Dean "Dino Marshallini/Little Richard" Marshall, Troy Powers, T-Bird Tony King, Darrin Fair (Little Darren Vance), Joe Mansir (Joe Joe Click), Kirk Rekop (Ray Ray), Doc Gardner, Tommy Tucker, Mike Boyd, et alia, plus numerous Road Crew road warriors, including but not limited to Jim Capfer, Carl "Jr." Lindsey, Louis Lecamu, Terry Mills, "Mr." Norman Smith, Glen Himmaugh, "Sir" Stephen Godfrey, Cindy Peel, Eddie, Kevin "Man with no Brainy" Hayney, Donnie "The Con", Will "Tallhead" Ryan, Mad Dog, Jimmy Mashberg, and the original roadie, Joe Dennis et al.

Vince Vance & the Valiants are a country pop, rock and roll and novelty musical group from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The title character Vince Vance is portrayed by Andy Stone, the only permanent member of the group. He was born Andrew John Franichevich Jr. The remainder of the Valiants (or, if female, Valiantettes) are rotating musicians.

The group's most sustained hit record, and one that is uncharacteristic of their usual stylings, is the country ballad "All I Want for Christmas Is You",[1] which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts on six separate occasions in the 1990s. As a novelty band, their best-known record was their 1980 version of the schoolyard parody "Bomb Iran", which narrowly missed the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981.[2]

On November 20, 2010, Vince Vance was surprised during his performance at a "Louisiana Legends" fundraiser at New Orleans Rock'n Bowl venue, with induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding career, including the Christmas icon "All I Want for Christmas is You" and his most current "I Am New Orleans".[3]



Title Album details
All I Want for Christmas Is You
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Waldoxy Records
I Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
  • Release date: February 20, 1996
  • Label: Waldoxy Records
Tamale Wagon
  • Release date: August 18, 1998
  • Label: Waldoxy Records
We Don't Run
  • Release date: April 8, 2003
  • Label: Waldoxy Records


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US Bubbling
1980 "Bomb Iran" 101 single only (Paid Records)
1989 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (original release) single only (Valiant Records)
1993 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (rerelease) 55 All I Want for Christmas Is You (Waldoxy Records)
1994 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (re-entry) 52
1995 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (re-entry) 52
1996 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (re-entry) 49
1997 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (re-entry) 43
1999 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (re-entry) 31
2006 "I Am New Orleans" I Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans (Waldoxy Records)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1993 "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Steve Dunning


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Vince Vance biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ Vince Vance looks back at 40 colorful years with the Valiants
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