Vanilla Fudge rose to prominence in 1967 with their cover of “You Keep Me Hanging’ On”
Vince Martell, The Lead Guitarist of Psychedelic Rock band Vanilla Fudge turns 74 today
Vince Martell was born Vincent James Martellucci on November 11, 1945, in New York. While in his teens, he joined the Navy, where he discovered his skills as a guitarist and n 1966, he formed the band The Pidgeons with organist Mark Stein, bassist Tim Bogert, and drummer Joe Brennan. After Brennan was replaced by Carmine Appice and a record deal forced the band to change its name and they become Vanilla Fudge. The band enjoyed a successful career during the Psychedelic Rock years in the late 1960’s, particularly with their debut album “Vanilla Fudge” released in 1967 that remains one of the best Psychedelic Rock albums ever. The band rose to prominence with their cover of The Supremes song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. After the breakup of Vanilla Fudge in 1970, Martell continued to perform until Vanilla Fudge reunited for another album in 1984 called Mystery. In 2000, he released his first solo CD, Endless High, followed in 2001 by a self-titled CD, Vince Martell. In 2005, Vanilla Fudge reformed with all the original members including Martell, Mark Stein, Tim Bogert, and Carmine Appice, for a tour with The Doors and Steppenwolf.
Watch Vanilla Fudge performing “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” in 1968 at The Ed Sullivan Show
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