Vanilla Fudge’s lead singer and amazing keyboardist Mark Stein turns 72

An outstanding musician and singer

Vanilla Fudge’s lead singer and amazing keyboardist Mark Stein turns 72

Mark Stein was born on March 11, 1947, in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began playing piano at age four and later attempted the accordion. He worked his way through various bands in his high school. While performing with one of these early groups, he spied an “old beat-up organ on the stage and started jamming on it.” It was the keyboardist and lead singer of the Psychedelic Rock band Vanilla Fudge that Stein found success. The band released their self-titled album “Vanilla Fudge” in 1967 that included their signature song, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” a cover of The Supremes and became one of the top Psychedelic acts during the late 1960’s, also in the band was drummer Carmine Appice. Stein himself influenced organist Jon Lord of the band Deep Purple. Lord, in a 1989 interview said “[he] used to listen to Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge in the late sixties. He was a useful source of tricks on the Hammond.” Mark Stein turns 72 today.

Watch a rare performance of Vanilla Fudge playing “Bang Bang” at the German TV show Beat Club in 1968



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