Mark Stein (musician)
This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (February 2012)
Stein performing at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Massachusetts on March 26, 2011
11 March 1947|
Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
|Genres||Rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, arranger|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboards, piano, accordion, guitar, Hammond organ|
|Years active||1966 - present|
|Associated acts||Vanilla Fudge, Boomerang, Tommy Bolin, Alice Cooper|
|Website||Mark Stein's official website|
Early life and influences
Stein was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began playing piano at age four and later attempted the accordion. Upon being exposed to rock and roll in the 1950s, Stein settled on the guitar. He worked his way through various bands in his high school. While performing with one of these early groups, he spied an "old beat-up organ on the stage and started jamming on it."
Stein himself influenced organist Jon Lord of the band Deep Purple. Lord, in a 1989 interview said "[he] used to listen to Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge in the late sixties. He was a useful source of tricks on the Hammond."
- Lalaina, Joe; Transcribed by David Yea (January 1989). "Jon Lord Interviews". The Highway Star. Modern Keyboard Magazine. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
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