(This note was written by Vinnie in 2016. - Webmaster)
The first time I played with Jean Jacques was in 1963, when we did a session for Kai Winding, with me on guitar and Jean-Jacques on Ondioline. After that, the two of us recorded many, many commercials that were very successful, When Jean Jacques got a recording contract with Vanguard Records, he immediately asked for me to be the guitarist on the sessions. We always had a lot of fun on those recording dates, and sometimes I would add some of my crazy guitar effects, which often sounded like a synthesizer, even though it wasn't!
Some of those songs went on to become hits, such E.V.A., which has been sampled by many hip-hop artists, and has taken on a new life among the younger generation, This just proves that Jean Jacques' music was years ahead of his time, and that he was a true innovator.
I'm very proud of the music that we created together, and I'm sad to hear that he is now gone. But I will never forget his music or his friendship.
Bon voyage, my dear friend -- I know that you are playing your happy electronic music in the clouds, and that your music will continue to be played for generations to come.
Your friend forever,
written on 11/4/16
|Video performance of "Mack the Knife", with Vinnie on guitar|
Frank Sinatra sings "Mack the Knife" at a 1980 Carnegie Hall performance. Watch guitarist Vinnie Bell's
wild gyrations on this number. The director and video crew insisted that Vinnie needed to "liven up" his playing,
by throwing his hands up in the air, as he played. It was all a "set-up", and the film crew ribbed him continuously,
after the show. Even Sinatra was in on the joke, and he told Vinnie, "Keep it up, Vinnie, and YOU'LL be the star!"
Perry Como and Vinnie Video
Vinnie plays his invention, the Coral Electric Sitar!
Vinnie plays for the Cowsills and MILK.
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This 1960s Vinnie Bell Signature guitar was used by the group Southern Culture on the Skids,
formed in Chapel Hill in 1985. The guitar is autographed by Dunn, North Carolina native 'Link Wray', creator of the power chord. The guitar is now on loan to the "North Carolina Museum of History", and is prominently displayed with a number of other "historically significant"
musical instruments of North Carolina!
Yes, that's VINNIE!
So, what's with the turban?
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