Vanilla Fudge is a veteran psychedelic/acid/hard rock band that became famous during the late 1960s for its slower tempo, organ-laden rock arrangements of various then-current hits. Formed in 1966 in Long Island, New York, the original members consisted of Carmine Appice (drums, vocals), Tim Bogert (bass, vocals), Vince Martell (lead guitar, vocals), and lead singer Mark Stein who also served as the band's keyboardist and arranger. A forerunner to heavy metal, Vanilla Fudge has been cited as a major influence on such bands as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Styx, Uriah Heep, and Yes.
Vanilla Fudge debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1967 with its rendition of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On." Initially a minor hit, this song recharted in 1968 when it made the Top 10 and became the band's best known song. Vanilla Fudge also had a Top 40 hit later that year with a cover of the Trade Martin-penned "Take Me For A Little While" (1968). Both "You Keep Me Hanging On" and "Take Me For A Little While" are among the tracks in Vanilla Fudge's eponymous 1967 debut album which also includes covers of such classics as The Zombies' "She's Not There" and The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby." The band's hits, which continued through 1969, also include "Where Is My Mind" (1968), "Season Of The Witch, Pt. 1" (1968), "Shotgun" (1969), "Some Velvet Morning" (1969), and "Need Love" (1969).
Since Vanilla Fudge's split in 1970, the band reunited several times over the years and reformed on a more permanent basis in 1999. The band has continued to tour and perform actively to the present day, with a lineup consisting of three original members - Appice, Martell, and Stein - plus Pete Bremy on bass. Vanilla Fudge was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
- For more info about the history of Vanilla Fudge and the band's touring schedule, visit vanillafudge.com.
- Mark Stein and Carmine Appice discusses Vanilla Fudge's early influences and the band's legacy in an interview with Goldmine Magazine (January 29, 2019).
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- Take Me For A Little While 1968
(This song was previously a hit for Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles (1967).)
- You Keep Me Hanging On 1967
(This song previously topped the charts for the Supremes (1966) and later also became a hit for Wilson Pickett (1969) and Jackie DeShannon (1970, as a medley). "You Keep Me Hanging On" recharted for Vanilla Fudge in 1968 and later also topped the charts for Kim Wilde (1987).)
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