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Vincent Black Lightning

The Black Lightning was a Vincent motorcycle designed and built in September 1948 at the Vincent works in Great North Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK, and produced from 1948 to 1952. At the time the Black Lightning was the fastest production motorcycle in the world.

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Here's taking us all along the watchtower on a 52 Vincent black lightning
Band @ Tootsie's played opening to 1952 Vincent Black Lightning & turned it into Urban's Somebody Like You. Never been more disappointed.
Just curious...Are songs that start with numbers, such as 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, gonna be played?
1952 Vincent Black Lightning was not played with the "N"s~Draw yr own conclusion
All I asked for for Christmas is Vincent Black Lightning to be on the playlist!
For a love story, it has to be 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
How many people did the character in Vincent Black Lightning 1952 rob to be able to afford the motorcycle? My guess is at least seven.
cha can't finish that without music: Richard Thompson plays 1952 Vincent Black Lightning in his hotel room: . [nice]
Are you a *** Gaughan fan then Emma? Unique voice and 'proper' songs. His version of 'Vincent 1952 Black Lightning' is superb.
jherskowitz is now listening to 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Mary Lou Lord
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Richard Thompson "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" Wow! It doesn't get much better than this
I added a video to a playlist Doug Duncan Covers 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
More thank you-ing to be done! Generous pledges from 'Vincent Black Lightning' and the lovely Steve Hamer. Cheers...
I added a video to a playlist 1952 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING - DEL MCCOURY BAND
"1952 Vincent Black Lightning" makes me want a bike. Richard Thompson wants to kill me.
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Robert Ellis brought me to tears with his version of 52 Vincent Black Lightning.
“1952 Vincent Black Lightning” by Richard Thompson is my new jam. Listen:
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Dreadful recording but this is what Bob Dylan covering 1952 Vincent Black Lightning sounds like.
Hmm, now you've whetted my appetite for Richard Thompson's Vincent Black Lightning!
Now Playing - 'In From The Sidelines' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' . Tune in now to
Now Playing - 'Fools' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' . Tune in now to
Now Playing - 'I'll Meet you at The Bar' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' . Tune in now to
Now Playing - 'Karaoke Kid' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' . Tune in now to
Now Playing - 'John's Favourites' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' Stephen Hartley . Tune in now to
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Now Playing - 'Wake up Merlin' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' . Tune in now to
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Now Playing - 'Baa Baa Rainbow Sheep' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' . Tune in now to
Del McCoury's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning on the radio right now!!!
Now Playing - 'Mary Louise' by 'Vincent Black Lightning' . Listen now at
Bluegrass time! Here is the latest from Robert Earl Keen! It is "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
Watching Richard Thompson playing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning. Love cover of this :)
"I'll tell you in earnest, I'm a dangerous man." Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning:
Motorcycle History - On 13 September 1948, Rollie Free achieved the US national motorcycle speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah riding the first Vincent Black Lightning. During test runs Free reached average speeds of 148.6 mph. To reduce drag, Free stripped to his swimming shorts for the final run, which he made lying flat with his legs stretched out and his head low, guiding the Vincent by following a black stripe painted on the salt bed. The stunt worked as Free passed the 150 mph. This led to one of the most famous photographs in motorcycle history, known as the "bathing suit bike".The 1952 Vincent Black Lightning was the world fastest stock motorbike - In 1952 the supercharged Vincent Black Lightning set a land speed record of 180.29mph.
7:45am 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson from Rumour and Sigh
Russel Wright and Bob Burns on a Vincent Black Lightning setting a Motorcycle Land Speed record in 1955 in Swannanoa New Zealand; both the solo and the chair...
What I would do for a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Test ride of 'Enigma', the Vincent Black Lightning, at the Grossglockner Pass, 2010.
Written by Mr. Richard Thompson, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning is one of our favorite songs. We do not own the rights and no copyright infringement is intended.
deezfutz: Custom 1952 Vincent Black Lightning - photo by...
Bloody *** I am a lucky man. I will not elaborate on this, but all I will say is that I suggested that I sell all the bikes in the garage and buy a Vincent Black Lightning - "that sounds ike a good idea". what can I say?
American Routes, Sat, Dec. 21, 9 am: Songs of the Expatriates: Richard Thompson & Zachary Richard This week on American Routes, we'll talk to the beloved electric and eclectic, folk rocker songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson. An advocate for British lyric and music tradition in new settings with refashioned traditional songs and stories like "Matty Groves" and "Tam Lin," Thompson evolved from playing in the seminal late 1960s English folk-rock band, Fairport Convention to his present day role as an in-demand guitarist and songwriter. Now based in Los Angeles, Richard's career of memorable songs and epicure guitar is heard in a variety of genres from Cajun and country to rock and pop. Thompson's iconic songs include "Meet on the Ledge," "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," "Dimming of the Day" and "Tear Stained Letter." Among the artists who have recorded his work are Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Del McCoury and R.E.M. Then we'll visit with accordion-man Zachary Richard about growing up in French-speaking Sou ...
Richard Thompson and Vincent Black Lightning on R3 Great way to end the day.
Rick's Diner Open Mic in Alhambra tmw night, I'm on percussion and playing "Arizona" and Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
Vincent Black Lightning 1952 is incredible, love a good story song
I am a sucker for a good narrative. Song, film, page or spoken. It draws me in. See Vincent Black Lightning 1952.
I love songs that tell a story. my current obsession is Richard Thompson's '1952 Vincent Black Lightning.' so many good lines, so sad.
Not only did Richard Thompson play 1952 Vincent Black Lightning he encoreded with Hey Joe. Oh my good god...
I have seen Richard Thompson play Vincent Black Lightning. So emotional, it has made me dangerously dehydrated.
bluegrass festival, this weekend. i love it. . The Del McCoury Band. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.
"1952 Vincent Black Lightning" by Richard Thompson playing in Boston Airport right now. Such beauty in the fingerpicking.
An absolute favorite song of mine. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson on
I liked a video from Richard Thompson performs "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" at the 2012
RANDOM FACT ABOUT ME Richard Thompson dedicated 1952 Vincent Black Lightning to me. We opened for him in Santa Cruz one time, and midway through him playing that song the rain hit so hard it blew out the sound system. He never got to continue his set. The next time I opened for him was in Dallas. We told his road manager the story, and explained that VBL is my favorite song and we were so bummed his set got cut off right in the middle of it. That night, when he launched into the song he said in his booming amazing voice, "This one is for Noëlle Hampton." It was heavenly.
Richard Thompson was good enough that I actually felt good after the gig, even though on the way there I'd been verbally (racially) abused and physically assaulted by footballist *** for daring to have a beard while on a tram. But Thompson did all my favourites of his except Persuasion -- Vincent Black Lightning, Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed, Dry My Tears And Move On, Easy There Steady Now, Sidney Wells, Wall Of Death... of course, those are all the obvious ones, but there's a reason they're the obvious ones. Support act was a very good guitarist, too, although his songs tended to be a little... psychopathically jealous...
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Richard Thompson live on NPR. "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" is one of my favorite songs. Still remember seeing him at First Ave back in the early 90's.
just heard Richard Thompson do a live version of 1952 Vincent Black Lightning on the radio. nice and the day :-)
*** it, Richard Thompson. Every time I hear "1952 Vincent Black Lightning", I have a hard time not wanting to get all misty.
Hmmm - how would I look on a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952 or a vintage Indian.
Dammit, how did I not know about this? BBC Songwriter's Circle, Richard Thompson, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
I liked a video 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson
Had a fab time at McNamara's Irish Pub & Restaurant tonight. LOVE that place. And almost came out of my skin when they played "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." Complete, awesome surprise. Had to come home and dig out my Richard Thompson CDs.
This is especially for my guitar picking friends, but it's also interesting to me, just a fan. Richard Thompson - the guy I went to see at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts tonight (and posted some of his YouTube stuff last night) makes use of the "pick and fingers" technique (sometimes referred to as "hybrid picking") where he plays bass notes and rhythm with a pick between his first finger and thumb, and adds melody and punctuation by plucking the treble strings with his fingers. He also makes use of different guitar tunings, such as (low to high) CGDGBE, DADGBE, DADGAD, and more. This enables him to adapt traditional songs, as on Strict Tempo! and 1000 Years of Popular Music. Thompson occasionally makes use of a thumb-pick, playing in fingerstyle, the most notable example being on the motorcycle ballad "1952 Vincent Black Lightning." That's one of the videos I posted last night and you can still find it if you scan down, down, down on this page.
Can't wait for tonight live hoping to hear some 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, Guacomole, & all the new stuff!
'Head full of snakes' also has a flexidisc of 4 min 43 of a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning engine
This Wisconsin kid is great : Macyn Taylor performs 1952 Vincent Black Lightning: via
excited to see Richard Thompson this Friday! and here's a stellar version of "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
Rathkeltair perform their version of the Richard Thompson classic "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" at the West Virginia Highland Games 2012 with Special Guest ...
Reckless Kelly perform thier version of Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" at the Outland Ballroom.
Joel Fafard and Joel Schwartz - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson Jamming in Toronto in April 2012.
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Live at the Buffalo Bar, London, Sat 30th October 2010 with The Nightingales
Couldn't resist it any longer - had to revisit this 2006 Richard Thompson performance of '1952 Vincent Black Lightning'. Never better. Never better...
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Come to Colne in Lancashire tonight to witness Jay Stansfield, Vincent Black Lightning and Drak's Drum playing some music and DJ's spinning everything from Lightning Bolt to Belle and Sebastian. Above the Duke of Lancaster. Chop Chop.
Several years ago, influential bluegrass musician Del McCoury decided to do away with modern concert amplification and go back to the basics: three microphon...
Vincent Black Lightning might by Richard Thompson’s Kayleigh but it’s still a stunning piece of writing (as is Kayleigh)
in Nashville - attended the Americana Music Awards on Wednesday evening - fantastic night of music...so many great moments - Richard Thompson playing "1952 Vincent Black Lightning", Alabama Shakes with Booker T guesting on the Hammond, a never-played-before new song from an upcoming album from Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Bonnie Raitt, Guy Clark, Saskatoon's own Deep Dark Woods (who sounded great!!!), and many other spectacular music moments - I feel so lucky to have been there - great to be in Music City again!
Vincent Black Lightning, Richard Thompson's guitar work melts my cold hard heart.
So, earlier this weekend I did a kind of Indian Business Desert Island Discs for Planet Radio. My choices: The Ship Song by Nick Cave, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson, Shine On by The House of Love, Whiskey in the Jar by The Dubliners and Peacetrain by Cat Stevens.
Richard Thompson is an astounding singer/songwriter/guitarist. Check out 1952 Vincent Black Lightning:
That song and 1952 Vincent Black Lightning get me every. Single. Time.
I love Richard Thompson. Beeswing is one of a few of his that can draw tears. 52 Vincent Black Lightning is another.
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First English song of the day on my iTunes: '1952 Vincent Black Lightning' by Richard Thompson.
Listening to: '1952 Vincent Black Lightning' by Richard Thompson [Rumor and Sigh, 1991]
Is this the same Box Hill mentioned in the Richard Thompson song, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"?
Any mention of riding round Box Hill immediately brings James, Molly and a 1952 Vincent Black Lightning to mind.
"red hair and black leather, my favourite colourscheme"" uit Vincent Black Lightning van Richard Thompson (my fav lovesong)
Listening to Richard Thompsons "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" while banging' a ginger in my 1979 Trans Am.
This made my day 9:43 Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Richard Thompson Lyrics - Find all lyrics for songs such as Beeswing, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, One Door Opens at LyricsMode.com
Surly Temple is now playing Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning from his "rumour and sigh" album
Very serious musical question: does anybody else think of Richard Thompson's "Vincent Black Lightning 1952" as a cowboy song, by way of a highwayman ballad?
For his birthday, I let Harvey Shaw pick a song category; he said best songs with a number in the title -- but I think that's too broad, so I'm making it best songs with a YEAR in the title. I'll start w/ Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.
Greg Brown – 1952 Vincent Black Lightning appears on the album The Live One. Greg Brown is a folk musician from Iowa, USA. His "Iowa Waltz" has been (unsuccessfully) proposed to replace the state song of Iowa. During the 1980s, his reputation was established through frequent touring and recurring pe...
Richard Thompson performing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning at Cambridge Folk Festival England in 2006. The word awesome is a worn cliché these days, but the to...
The Del McCoury Band sing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning on the All Star Bluegrass Celebration DVD. Recorded at the Ryman Auditorum in Nashville, TN January 16...
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is playing 1952 Vincent Black Lightning! What a great tune
Don't miss Preston's last big gig of 2011 with JD Meatyard, Lovecraft, Vincent Black Lightning (Notsensibles) & more!
Was just waiting for that Vincent Black Lightning to show up
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