("If it moves, Funk it")
journalist Robbie Vincent's broadcasting career began as one of the pioneers
on BBC Radio London in 1973 hosting a phone-in show playing "devils advocate" with
hosting a Radio London soul show on Saturday lunchtimes playing artistes
such as Evelyn 'Champagne' King & Crown Heights Affair. Robbie would invite
guest deejays, such as Chris Hill, Tom Holland, Froggy, Sean French etc. to
play their favourite three tunes that came in that week. The shows were
considered essential listening to the Capital's soul music fans.
In the early
80s, he launched the career of US jazz funk combo, Maze, in the UK, and was
one of the few radio presenters in the UK to have interviewed Marvin Gaye.
Robbie moved to
Radio 1 in 1983 to front the popular Saturday evening weekend 'Soul shows'
which were carried on FM. Later moving to Sunday nights, he presented here until 1989, playing Jazz-Funk
with artistes like Rick James, the Fatback band, Brass Construction, Funkadelic, Crusaders, Ronnie Laws and Eddie Henderson.
During the 1980's Robbie
Vincent was seen on British TV screens when he co-hosted BBC TV's 'Hospital
Watch' and 'Go for It'.
In 1989 he moved to work for LBC. His
night-time phone-in show was one of the highest rated programmes on the
In 1995 Robbie Vincent was
voted Independent radio personality of the year at the annual Variety
After a spell at Kiss FM, from Feb 1998 Robbie hosted the breakfast show
on Jazz FM. Robbie left Jazz FM
when the management changed at the end of 2002.
Robbie spent most of
2003 travelling and during late Dec and early Jan 2004 presented five daytime
shows on 94.9
London LDN. Also broadcasting on this station are former Radio 1
presenters Miss P and Danny Baker.
seen and heard at London's Clapham Grand soul nightclub. He was DJ there
along with other top names such as Chris Hill and DJ Froggy.
He returned to the
radio airwaves on October 12, 2008 presenting a weekly 'Sunday Morning Soul'
show for three hours on Jazz FM.
Following an illness
Robbie announced on the Jazz FM website in October 2010 that he had been
very poorly and following an operation was commencing a course of
chemotherapy. He later added he intended to return to the station in March
you on March 6th for another stroll through the music garden."