Gino Vannelli is from Montreal and originally wanted to be a drummer. He studied music theory at McGill University and signed a contract with RCA Records under the name Van Elli. He and his brother Joe moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and was signed by A&M Records after chasing down Herb Alpert with a demo tape. His début album, Crazy Life, came out in 1973.
His third album, 1978’s Brother to Brother, produced his first hit, “I Just Wanna Stop,” which reached #4 in the US and #1 in Canada and earned him a Grammy nomination.
His next album, 1981’s Nightwalker, produced his second hit, “Living Inside Myself,” reached #6 in the US and #13 in Canada, while peaking at #5 and #2 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts, respectively.
Currently, Gino lives in Troutdale, Oregon, where he teaches music, and continues to perform. His website indicates that he’ll be in The Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden in late October and early November. And of course he has a Facebook page, where he recently announced the death of his mother due to Covid-19. We extend our sympathies.
Gino Vannelli, your Two for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.