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Vince Martell

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Legendary Guitarist of Vanilla Fudge

The Pigeons were discovered playing at The Action House on Long Island. Pigeons peers on Long Island included The Hassles, with a young pianist by the name of Billy Joel, The Vagrants with a young lead guitarist named Leslie West and another group with an organist named Felix Cavaliere.

That band was The Young Rascals. After some personnel changes, and a name change to "Vanilla Fudge," the group decided their style called for a different groove, and a demo of their version of the Supremes' hit "You Keep Me Hanging On" was played on WOR radio in New York and it changed Vince's life.

Vince is also a powerful singer and an excellent songwriter. He wrote and co-wrote songs on two albums, and Vince sang lead on of the Fudge’s biggest hits, "Season of the Witch," penned by Donovan, it remains one of his signature songs even today.

Vince, along with Vanilla Fudge, toured with Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Moody Blues.. the list goes on and on. On their first US tour, Led Zeppelin was the opening act for Vanilla Fudge. "Well, they had to open for somebody!" quips Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice who joined other bands that included Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart as members.

After the breakup of the Fudge Vince continued to compose and perform new songs, reunited several times with the other members, recorded and released three solo albums, and has had various bands throughout the last 20 years.

Vince Martell (circa 1967) on Swedish television.

Vanilla Fudge (circa 1968)

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