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Gino Vannelli

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Vannelli is one of three sons (Joe, Gino, and Ross) born to Russ and Delia Vannelli. Russ, his father, was a big band musician. As a child, Gino's greatest passion was music, and he began playing percussion at an early age. By the age of 15, Vannelli began writing songs. Just out of high school, he signed his first recording contract with RCA under the pseudonym Vann Elli, but went on to study music at McGill University.

Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is an Italian-Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and composer
Just out of high school, he signed his first recording contract with RCA under the pseudonym Vann Elli, but went on to study music at McGill University.
In June 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported on a recent phenomenon involving "Gino" at Boston Celtics basketball games. When a Celtics win is in the bag, the PA monitor will project a mid-1970s clip from the popular dance program American Bandstand with one of the dancers wearing a Gino Vannelli tour T-shirt from 1976.
This "Gino" is a well known figure in Boston Celtics lore, regarded by some as an unofficial mascot for the team.
In the clip a bearded young man noticeably dances his tail off, dressed in bell bottoms and a shirt -- from Vannelli's mid-1970s Gemini tour -- that simply says "Gino" on it.
He has forever been a cult favorite of Garden fans.

 

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