Gino Vannelli

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Not to be confused with Gino Vanelli.
Gino Vannelli
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Background information
Born (1952-06-16) June 16, 1952 (age 64)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Pop, soft rock, R&B, Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1973–present
Labels A&M, Arista, Dreyfus, Sony

Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian singer-songwriter.

Early years[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Vannelli is one of three sons (Joe, Gino, and Ross)[1] born to Russ and Delia Vannelli. Russ, his father, was a big band musician. As a child, Gino's greatest passion was music, and he began playing percussion at an early age. By the age of 15, Vannelli began writing songs. Just out of high school, he signed his first recording contract with RCA under the pseudonym Vann Elli, but went on to study music at McGill University.


After a stint in New York City, Vannelli and his brother, Joe, went to Los Angeles. Desperate and broke, they waited outside the gate of Herb Alpert, the "A" in A&M Records, in order to audition. Alpert liked what he heard, and two days later he signed Vannelli to A&M, releasing his first album, Crazy Life, in 1973. Joe Vanelli served as arranger and keyboardist for most of Gino's career. At a time when polyphonic synthesizers were non-existent, Joe overdubbed multiple parts to create a texture of sound that was progressive for the early 1970s.[citation needed] It is not widely known, but Vannelli played drums on the entire Crazy Life album. Gino and Joe performed all of the instruments except for flute and marimba.

In 1974, "People Gotta Move" made it to No. 22 on the Billboard Top 100 (No. 21 in Canada). On February 15, 1975, Vannelli became the second Caucasian performer to appear on the television show Soul Train (Dennis Coffey appeared on January 8, 1972).[2] This was his television debut. With his records climbing the charts, Vannelli toured as the opening act for Stevie Wonder. In 1978, the song "I Just Wanna Stop" earned Vannelli a Grammy Award nomination and was a number No. 1 single in Canada (No. 4 in the U.S.) Vannelli's album Brother to Brother was certified platinum[clarification needed] in early 1979. He won Canada's Juno Award for Best Male Artist. He also won Juno Awards in 1976 and 1979. Vannelli met his wife Patricia in 1974 and they were married soon after.


In April 1981, "Living Inside Myself" was on Billboard's Top 100 at number 6. Canadian comedy legend Eugene Levy satirized Vannelli in Episode 4 of SCTV/Network 90 also in 1981. The Vannelli brothers shared the Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year in 1986 for "Black Cars". The Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year was again shared by the Vannelli brothers in 1987 for "Wild Horses" and "Young Lover". Gino's additional recordings of the 1980s era include "Nightwalker" and "Big Dreamers Never Sleep". Vannelli's second album for Arista was to be released in 1982. Entitled "Twisted Heart", it was ultimately shelved due to label disagreements, although a single was released. "The Longer You Wait" b/w "Bandito", an uptempo instrumental written by Joe Vannelli. Anton Vannelli, Gino's only son was born during the recording of "Big Dreamers Never Sleep" in 1986.[citation needed]

Vannelli lives and works in Amersfoort, Netherlands, and in the United States.[3] His music is also heard on popular European television and radio commercials. When not in concert, Vannelli is actively working on various projects and teaching Master classes. In March 2007, Vannelli performed in Las Vegas to sold-out shows. By request, encore performances were given two months later at the Flamingo Showroom.[3] In November 2007, Vannelli gave three sold out performances in New Orleans, Louisiana. The concerts were a humanitarian effort with proceeds benefiting local charities. By popular demand, Vannelli continues to tour globally.[4]

In 2008, Vannelli became a symbol of sorts for the National Basketball Association championship run by the Boston Celtics. After each blowout home victory during the 2008 season, the video crew at the TD Banknorth Garden played a clip from Dick Clark's American Bandstand that featured a bearded disco dancer clad in a tight Gino Vannelli T-shirt. The tradition became known in Boston as "Gino Time" and Gino T-shirts became common at Celtics games.[5] The Wall Street Journal reported in 2008 that the dancer in the Gino shirt was a young man named Joseph R. Massoni, and that he had died from pneumonia in 1990. He was only 34 years old.[6]

Gino Vannelli with Uropa appearing in De Noot, Hoogland, Netherlands.

In October 2007, Vannelli performed in a small setting with Dutch sextet Uropa in the small yet renowned music cafe "De Noot" in Hoogland near Amersfoort.[citation needed]

On May 13, 2014, Vannelli's the "Live in LA" CD/DVD compilation was released by the Sono Recording Group. The presentation was recorded live onstage at the historic Saban Theater in Los Angeles on November 8, 2013, which represented Vannelli's first performance in Los Angeles in more than 15 years. The recording also marks the first on-stage collaboration in many years between the three Vannelli brothers (including Ross Vannelli as producer, editor, and mixer).[citation needed]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Crazy Life
  • Released: 1973
  • Label: A&M
Powerful People
  • Released: 1974
  • Label: A&M
60 11 60
Storm at Sunup
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: A&M
45 66
The Gist of the Gemini
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: A&M
14 4 32
A Pauper in Paradise
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: A&M
29 33
Brother to Brother
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: A&M
3 43 13
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: Arista
18 20 15
The Best of Gino Vannelli
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: A&M
Black Cars 17 27 29 62
Big Dreamers Never Sleep
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Polydor
18 40 62 15 31 11 160
Inconsolable Man
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: Polydor
62 76
Live in Montreal
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: Vie
Yonder Tree
Slow Love
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Mercury
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: BMG
These Are the Days
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: Hip-O
A Good Thing Going
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: CMM
Stardust in the Sand
Live in LA
  • Released: 2015
  • Label: SoNo Recording Group
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Year Song Canada Singles US Hot 100 US A.C.
1970 "Gina Bold" (Vann-Elli) 92 - -
1974 "People Gotta Move" 21 22 17
1975 "Powerful People" 34
"Love Me Now" 75
1976 "Keep On Walking" 82 -
"Love of My Life" 55 64
1978 "I Just Wanna Stop" 1 4 4
1979 "Wheels of Life" 31 78 24
"The River Must Flow" 80
1981 "Living Inside Myself" 13 6 5
"Nightwalker" 41
1982 "The Longer You Wait" 89
1984 "Appaloosa"
1985 "Black Cars" 6 42
"Hurts to Be in Love" 14 57 6
"Just A Motion Away" 79
1987 "Wild Horses" 7 55 33
"In the Name of Money" 29
"Persona Non Grata"
1990 "The Time of Day" 11
1991 "Cry of Love" 41
"If I Should Lose This Love" 46 49
1993 "Wheels of Life" with Martine St. Clair
1995 "I Die A Little More Each Day" 60
2006 "It's Only Love"


  1. ^ Eleven Gino Vannelli biographies,
  2. ^ Gino Vannelli Official Web Site Bio
  3. ^ a b Profile,, May 22, 2007.
  4. ^ Barend and Trees in Holland (April 5, 2012). "Vannelli tour data webpage". Archived from the original on April 8, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Gino night fever". January 13, 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  6. ^ "'Gino' dances in disco Heaven". June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  7. ^ Canadian Albums:
  8. ^ "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961:" (in Finnish). Sisältää Hitin - Suomen listalevyt (Timo Pennanen). Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  9. ^ German Albums:
  10. ^ Italian Albums:
  11. ^ "Dutch Albums". Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Swedish Albums". Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  13. ^ "US Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Canadian Certification". Music Canada. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  15. ^ "RIAA Certification". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 

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