Rick Vito

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Rick Vito
Birth name Richard Vito
Born (1949-10-13) October 13, 1949 (age 64)
Darby, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres Rock, pop, blues
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
Years active 1969 – present
Associated acts Fleetwood Mac
Mick Fleetwood's Island Rumours Band
Notable instruments
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Harmonica, Slide Guitar, Ukulele, Doumbek, Sitar-Guitar

Richard F. "Rick" Vito (born October 13, 1949, Darby, Pennsylvania) is a guitarist and singer. He was part of the band Fleetwood Mac between 1987 and 1991. Vito took over as lead guitarist after Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac. He is best known for his blues and slide guitar style, whose influences include Elmore James, Robert Nighthawk, B.B. King, Alvino Rey, Les Paul, Mohan Bhatt, George Harrison and Keith Richards.

Vito has been a featured player on Bob Seger's albums since 1986. He played the famous slide guitar solo on the Bob Seger song and Chevy truck ad, "Like a Rock". He was a long-standing member of Bonnie Raitt's touring band in the 1990s. Rick also played with John Mayall, Jackson Browne, Little Richard, Roger McGuinn, Bobby Whitlock, Dobie Gray, John Fogerty, Delaney & Bonnie, Albert Collins, Dolly Parton, and Maria Muldaur, and others. Vito tours often in Europe with his own band. He produced rockabilly singer Rosie Flores' CD, "Speed of Sound." His CD/DVD production collaboration with Mick Fleetwood, Blue Again! was Grammy nominated in 2010. Vito is also the recipient of the W.C. Handy Blues Award.

Filmography[edit]

Jealousy (1984) (TV) Singer

The Last Castle (2001) Red Team leader

Firewall (2006) (songwriter and performer: "She's So Crazy")

"Angel Eyes" (2005) songwriter, "It's 2 A.M."

Discography[edit]

  • 1969 as lead guitarist with The Wright Brothers unreleased 4-song E.P. recorded/produced by colleague Neil Kempfer-Stocker.

With Fleetwood Mac[edit]

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