Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and composer.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Vannelli is one of three sons (Joe, Gino, and Ross 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, Gino 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 brothers went to Los Angeles in a financially distraught and desperate state to wait outside trumpeter Herb Alpert’s locked gate for an audition. Alpert was Vannelli’s last hope prior to heading back to Montreal the next day. Alpert liked what he heard and two days later signed Vannelli with A&M Records, releasing his first album in 1973.
Vannelli’s brother, Joe, served as arranger and keyboardist for most
of his recording 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.
In 1974, «People Gotta Move» made it to No. 22 on the Billboard Top 100. On February 15, 1975, Vannelli became the second Caucasian performer to appear on Soul Train (Dennis Coffey appeared on January 8, 1972). 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 an American Grammy Award nomination and was a number No. 1 single in Canada (#4 in United States). Vannelli’s album Brother to Brother was certified platinum[clarification needed] in early 1979. Vannelli won Canada’s Juno Award for Best Male Artist. Vannelli also won Juno Awards in 1976 and 1979. Vannelli’s additional recordings of the 1970s include: «Crazy Life,» «Powerful People,» «Storm at Sunup,» «The Gist of the Gemini,» and «A Pauper in Paradise».
Seems our love had to run
And how I wish you here
‘Cause lady you are
Oh maybe you are the one
I know, here I’am alone
Guess we kids had our fun
And I hear you’ve grown
To the lady you are
Oh maybe you are the one
I realize that I’m just a boy who believes in what he feels
And my dreams have all been changed by what is real
Will you write me dear
Only now as best friends
I’ll always wish, I’ll always widh you here
Oh then lady for me
Say you’ll begin again my love