Mark Stein (musician)

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Mark Stein
Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge.jpg
Stein performing at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Massachusetts on March 26, 2011
Background information
Born (1947-03-11) 11 March 1947 (age 71)
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

Mark Stein (born March 11, 1947) is the lead vocalist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger for Vanilla Fudge, and was for the Tommy Bolin band, and Alice Cooper's band during 1978 to 1979.

Early life and influences[edit]

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."[citation needed]

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."[1]


  1. ^ 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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