Famous for his gravelly voice, Vance was born in Oxford and started his radio career in Los Angeles. Before working at BBC Radio 1 for 15 years, he was also one of the DJs on pirate station Radio Caroline.
He was also a regular TV presenter on Top of the Pops, as well as a continuity announcer for BBC Two. Most recently, Vance presented the Friday Night Rock show on digital channel VH1 and his own show on digital radio station Virgin Classic Rock.
He died on 6 March, 2005