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Gino Vannelli

Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1973 – present)

Gino Vannelli (born 16 June 1952 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian singer/songwriter of Italian ancestry.

From a musical family, his father was a big band musician. Gino Vannelli played drums at a young age and after finishing high school studied musical theory at McGill University.

He eventually went to Los Angeles, California where he signed with Herb Alpert’s A&M Records, releasing his first album with that record label in 1973. Gino’s brother, Joe, served as arranger and keyboardist for most of his recording career. At a time when polyphonic synthesizers were non-existent, Joe overdubbed multiple parts to create a texture of sound that was largely progressive for the early 1970s. Gino’s 1978 song, “I Just Wanna Stop,” earned him an American Grammy Award nomination. He won Canada’s Juno Award for Best Male Artist in 1976 and 1979. Also, Gino and Joe Vannelli shared the Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year three times: in 1986 for “Black Cars,” in 1987 for “Wild Horses”/”Young Lover,” and in 1991 for “The Time of Day”/”Sunset on L.A.”.

Vannelli’s other hits include “Living Inside Myself” (1980) and “Wild Horses” (1987).

In 1990 Gino recorded the album ‘Inconsolable man’ and toured extensively for the first time in well over a decade. His ‘Live in Montreal’ album was released in 1991.


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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