Vincent "Vinnie" Bell invented a number of electric guitar models for Danelectro. He designed perhaps the first electric 12-string guitar, and invented the electric sitar in 1967, using it on such hits as "Green Tambourine" by the Lemon Pipers, "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne, and "Heartbreaker" by Gene Pitney. His own album Pop Goes the Electric Sitar is a highly valued collectable.
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (mp3 file) from Vinnie's "Pop Goes The Electric Sitar" album >
= VINNIE BELL'S INVENTIONS =
This 1960s Danelectro "Vinnie Bell Signature" Hornet guitar was used by the group Southern Culture on the Skids, formed in Chapel Hill, NC 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!
One of the two or three greatest guitar geeks of the Space Age Pop era, Vinnie Bell will go down in musical history as the inventor of the "watery" guitar sound that was a big fad in instrumental recordings of the late 1960s. Used most prominently on Ferrante and Teicher's 1969 Top Ten cover of the theme to "Midnight Cowboy," the effect became perhaps the most-copied technique among guitarists until the wah-wah pedal became standard equipment in the 1970s. Actually, Bell can probably take credit for the wah-wah pedal, too, as there is evidence that he built them as far back as the early 1950s. Constantly experimenting with home-made electronic devices to modify or distort electric guitar effects, Bell played on somewhere around a gazillion studio sessions in New York and Los Angeles throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
The earliest known photo of Vinnie (age 15) on the guitar. (L-R) Unknown drummer, Stanley Bonanno on guitar, Stanley's little brother, Bobby Milano on accordian and Vinnie Bell.
Bell picked up the guitar at an early age, and when he was still in his teens, was studying with two of the best players on the New York City scene, Carmen Mastren and Tony Mottola. Bell played in nightclubs in the New York City era into the early 1960s, but by 1962, he decided to devote his energies to working as a studio musician. Well before that, he was already sitting in as a session player on various recordings, often to take advantage of the unique guitar effects he was known for producing. His early wah-wah designs can be heard on such rare singles as "Jersey Bounce" by the Spacemen and "Smoke Rings" by the Overtones. A very early example of his "watery guitar" effect can be heard on "Barracuda," a 1959 single by the Gallahads on Vic (produced by Billy Mure, by the way).
Although he only recorded occasionally under his own name, Bell left his indelible mark on many recordings. He added the distinctive "chick" sound that comes of the end of each phrase on Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By" and also stands out on Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." For one of Joe Harnell's albums, he combined a Greek bouzouki with electronics to produce the "bellzouki." Charles Fox leaned heavily on Bell for his score for the legendary Jane Fonda space sex kitten saga, Barbarella. Even Lester Lanin succumbed to Bell's spell, hiring him and Fox for his album, Narrowing the Generation Gap. Several decades later, his pedalboard tremolo was used to tremendous effect in the bass guitar part that leads off Angelo Badalamenti's atmospheric theme to David Lynch's television series, "Twin Peaks."
Vinnie in the studio with Gene Pitney (1941-2006)
(Click on photo for hi-resolution image)
His first album, Whistle Stop, was a real showcase of his array of guitar effects. It was such a departure from its usual jazz fare that the label, Verve, felt compelled to include the following warning in the liner notes:His first album, , was a real showcase of his array of guitar effects. It was such a departure from its usual jazz fare that the label, Verve, felt compelled to include the following warning in the liner notes:
SPECIAL NOTE TO THE CONSUMER AND RECORD REVIEWER:
This album contains recordings by VINNIE BELL, at this writing New York's busiest studio guitar player. It is designed to show-case Vinnie's electronic genius and his musicianship. The album is based on the contemporary, popular, instrumental approach to recording. This is not a JAZZ recording.
Despite Verve's attempt to distance itself, the album's a terrific compilation of rockin' tunes. Arranged by Bell, Four Seasons arranger Charles Callelo, and Claus Ogerman, it stands up as one of the very best early "now sounds" albums. It's also of some historical significance as one of the earliest albums to use real-time electronic guitar effects instead of tape manipulation or multi-tracking.
Bell, Al Caiola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tony Mottola, and several other busy session guitarists set up an informal partnership known as the Manhattan Guitar Club in the mid-1960s. To avoid the cost of paying a cartage company to haul their amplifiers around to the various studios in the city, the group bought amps that they left in each studio under padlock. Someone on the studio engineering staff had the key, along with instructions about who was allowed to use it. However, it was no secret that a fair number of non-club members were able to sweet-talk their way into getting it unlocked.
Although primarily based in New York, Bell regularly flew out for L.A. sessions, ranging from "I'm a Believer" by the Monkees to Frank Sinatra's late-career set, Trilogy. He also performed on hundreds of soundtracks, from "The Godfather" to "Twin Peaks," and more recently, "Everyone Says I Love You" and "Holy Smoke." And his work on television and radio commercial probably comprises over a thousand ads. He was voted Most Valuable Player on Electric Guitar seven times by the New York chapter of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and given their Emeritus award in the late 80's.
Bell was one of the few session men to regularly rate a mention in an album's credits or liner notes, at least when his special effects were a major ingredient. On the other hand, for every credit, there were hundreds of sessions, ranging from Herman's Hermits to Perrey and Kingsley's landmark Now Sounds from Outer Space album, for which his name was never mentioned. For space age pop fans, the sight of Vinnie Bell's name on an album is usually a sure sign of something well worth a listen.
Listen To Vinnie!!...
Because of you
Bye Bye Blues
Darn That Dream
I Didn't Know What Time
Motion Picture Faves
Vinnie Bell may be the best-kept secret of pop music history, when it comes to having hits. After you look at this list, you'll have to agree that Vinnie may have played on more hit records than just about any other session musician. In fact, if you listen to an hour of Golden Oldies' radio, at any given time of day or night, you're bound to hear Vinnie's playing at least a couple times! And you probably never knew!
Here is a list of just some of the amazing hits that Vinnie has played on:
GOOD MORNING STARSHINE - Oliver
BLUE ON BLUE - Bobby Vinton
DOUBLE RAINBOW - Antonio Carlos Jobim
MI DEBILIDAD - Ismael Quintana
THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN -The Brooklyn Bridge
BABY I LOVE YOU - Andy Kim
HELLO DOLLY- Louis Armstrong
CHAPEL OF LOVE - The Dixie Cups
REMEMBER (WALKIN' IN THE SAND) - The Shangri-Las
YOU DON'T OWN ME - Lesley Gore
A SUMMER SONG - Chad & Jeremy
WALK ON BY - Dionne Warwick
GOIN' OUT OF MY HEAD - Little Anthony & The Imperials
WE'LL SING IN THE SUNSHINE - Gale Garnett
A LOVER'S CONCERTO - The Toys
WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE - Jacik DeShannon
BRAND NEW KEY - Melanie
CANDY MAN - Sammy Davis Jr.
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW - Johnny Nash
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS - John Denver
REUNITED - Peaches & Herb
MISTER BASSMAN - Johnny Cymbal
BABY I'M YOURS - Barbara Lewis
THE BALLAD OF THE GREEN BERETS - Sgt. Barry Sadler
HANKY PANKY - Tommy James & The Shondells
SUNSHINE SUPERMAN - Donovan
YOUNGER GIRL - The Critters
I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN - The Four Seasons
YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE SO NICE - The Lovin' Spoonful
IT MUST BE HIM - Vikki Carr
FUNKY BROADWAY - Wilson Pickett
98.6 - Keith
PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE - The Tokens
HONEY - Bobby Goldsboro
I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME - Bobby Vinton
CANDIDA - Tony Orlando & Dawn
FOR THE LOVE OF HIM - Bobbi Martin
WHY CAN'T I TOUCH YOU - Ronnie Dyson
LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE RAIN) - Melanie
KNOCK THREE TIMES - Tony Orlando & Dawn
MY GUY - Mary Wells
DAYDREAM - The Lovin' Spoonful
BOTH SIDES NOW - Judy Collins
WALK AWAY RENEE - Left Banke
SUNNY - Bobby Hebb
IF I WERE A CARPENTER - Bobby Darin
HURRICANE - Bob Dylan
THIS DIAMOND RING - Gary Lewis
SUGAR, SUGAR - The Archies
A TOWN WITHOUT PITY - Gene Pitney
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE - Debby Boone
ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO - Lobo
ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART - Gene Pitney
DA DOO RON RON - The Crystals
RUNAWAY - Del Shannon
LIGHTNIN' STRIKES AGAIN - Lou Christie
HANG ON SLOOPY - The McCoys
SOLDIER BOY - The Shirelles
SUNDAY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME - Spanky & Our Gang
SHADDUP YOU FACE - Lou Monte
LAZY DAY- Spanky & Our Gang
SOCIETY'S CHILD - Janis Ian
PALISADES PARK - Freddy Cannon
THIS MAGIC MOMENT - Jay & The Americans
TELL HIM - The Exciters
CARA MIA - Jay & The Americans
COLOUR MY WORLD - Petula Clark
ONLY IN AMERICA - Jay & The Americans
ONE FINE DAY - The Chiffons
COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER - Jay & The Americans
SHE CRIED - Jay & The Americans
JEAN - Oliver
HAIR - The Cowsills
MOCKINGBIRD - Charlie & Inez Fox
I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE - Lou Christie
EVE OF DESTRUCTION - Barry McGuire
CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF OF YOU - The Four Seasons
ABRAHAM, MARTIN AND JOHN - Dion
HAPPY TOGETHER - The Turtles
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC - The Lovin' Spoonful
SUMMER IN THE CITY - The Lovin' Spoonful
THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE - Simon and Garfunkle
MIDNIGHT COWBOY - Ferrante and Teicher
I WILL FOLLOW HIM - Little Peggy March
THEME FROM "TWIN PEAKS" - Angelo Badalamenti
LEADER OF THE PACK - The Shangri-Las
GREEN TAMBOURINE - The Lemon Pipers
LET'S HANG ON - The Four Seasons
MORE - Kai Winding
E.V.A. - Jean Jacques Perrey
OUR DAY WILL COME - Ruby and the Romantics
THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS - The Cowsills
ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI - Brian Hyland
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY - The Four Seasons
BAND OF GOLD - Freda Payne
WALK LIKE A MAN - The Four Seasons
MR. DIEINGLY SAD - The Critters
MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK - The Angels
CANDY GIRL - The Four Seasons
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Frank Sinatra
DAWN - The Four Seasons
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE - Perry Como
RAG DOLL - The Four Seasons
CABBAGES AND KINGS - Chad and Jeremy
"1-2-3" - Len Barry
THE DAWN OF CORRECTION - The Spokesmen
CONCRETE AND CLAY - Eddie Rambeau
NAVY BLUE - Diane Renay
ROMAN GUITAR - Lou Monte
WALKIN' IN THE RAIN - Jay and The Americans
ONGNI VOLTA - Paul Anka
DO THE MOUSE - Soupy Sales
SEA OF LOVE - Del Shannon
A STEEL GUITAR & A GLASS OF WINE - Paul Anka
SPECIAL LADY - Ray, Goodman, & Brown
THE LEADER OF THE LAUNDROMAT - The Detergents
TRACY - The Cufflinks
SHE'S A HEARTBREAKER - Gene Pitney
SUMMER OF '42 - Peter Nero
SHE CRIED - Lou Christie
PEPINO THE ITALIAN MOUSE - Lou Monte
THE NAME GAME - Shirley Ellis
ABIGAIL BEACHER - Freddy Cannon
HATS OFF TO LARRY - Del Shannon
CLOSE YOUR EYES - Peaches & Herb
Yes, that's VINNIE! So, what's with the turban? Click on Vinnie to find out!
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"My Dad Sent Me!"
One time, I took my whole family to one of my recording sessions, the one that yielded Shirley Ellis' "The Name Game." My good friend Charlie Calello was producing. I was very late to the session, because the traffic was terrible in New York City that day. When we finally got to the studio, we took the elevator to the 11th floor, and outside the door, I could hear the musicians already playing. We were about 15 minutes late for the date. But rather than me go into the studio, I gave my guitar to my son, Edward, who was about 8 years old at that time.
I had him walk in to the studio, and tell them: "My dad, Vinnie Bell, couldn't make the date, so he sent me to play on the session instead!"
Well, the guys burst into hysterical laughter, and when we heard them laughing, I walked in with my wife and the other children. Everybody got a big kick out of it, and we went on to record a big hit record with "The Name Game."
==== MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS VINNIE HAS PLAYED ON ====
AIRPORT LOVE THEME - BARBARELLA - BARNABY JONES - BILLY BATHGATE - THE BOYS NEXT DOOR - BROADWAY DANNY ROSE - BUGSY - BYE BYE BRAVERMAN - CARLITO'S WAY - CARRIE - CARWASH - CHINA BEACH - COME SPY WITH ME - CRIME-TIME - CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW - DIRTY MOUTH - DEEP THROAT - THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES - DONNIE BRASCO - DUMB AND DUMBER - EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS - EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU - FAMILY BUSINESS - FIELD OF DREAMS - FIREWALK WITH ME - G I JOE - THE GODFATHER - THE GODFATHER, PART II - HOLY SMOKE - THE HURRICANE - HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS - LAW AND DISORDER - LEADER OF THE BAND - LET MY PEOPLE COME - THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH - MADE FOR EACH OTHER - THE MAMBO KINGS - MISS CONGENIALITY - MISUNDERSTOOD - MUHAMMAD ALI - MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL - NAKED IN NEW YORK - PLACES IN THE HEART - THE PRINCESS DIARIES - SHATTERED - STAGECOACH - STEPPING OUT - SUNNYSIDE - TENTACLES - WAIT UNTIL SPRING, BANDINI
==== TV SHOW SCORES VINNIE HAS PLAYED ON ====
THE BOYS NEXT DOOR [TV] - - CALIFORNIA DANCING RAISINS - PLACIDO DOMINGO [TV] - CANDID CAMERA [TV SHOW] - THE HAPPENERS [TV SPECIAL] - HULLABALOO [TV SHOW] - THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW - LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH & FAMOUS [TV THEME]
MUNSTERS [TV SHOW] - JIMMY SCOTT [TV SHOW] - THE SOPRANOS - THE PROFILER (NBC) - 20/20 [TV THEME] - TWIN PEAKS [TV SERIES] - THE TODAY SHOW THEME (NBC)
Vinnie Bell relaxing at home with his Coral Electric Sitar invention and wife Bonnie. (2008)
Vinnie signs electric sitar for a fan.