Mark Stein is the lead vocalist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger of Vanilla Fudge. Mark first founded Vanilla Fudge in 1966 at the age of 18 with members Tim Bogert, Vinny Martell, and Carmine Appice. In the short time they were together the band enjoyed their first giant success with their first Atco album release self-entitled Vanilla Fudge.
The first album was a groundbreaking work since it was the first album to reach the top ten on Billboard's charts without a hit single. The legendary rock arrangement of You Keep Me Hangin' On became the bands first hit single nearly two years after the release of the first album.
During the 1960's the Fudge were one of rock's most exciting, high-energy touring bands, setting the stage for the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, Deep Purple, and even Led Zeppelin. Through a total of five albums and the tireless touring, the legendary Vanilla Fudge influenced artists around the world with their inspired performances and unique musical interpretations. Bands like Yes, The Who, Deep Purple, and many others have credited Vanilla Fudge with having a profound effect on their music, and the overall musical renaissance of the late '60s. The band's influence is still felt even today.
After the demise of the Fudge in the spring of 1970, Mark took a hiatus from the 'Rock Wars' and decided he wanted to develop his writing and playing skills even further. After flirting with a solo career where he had a single released in England on the Phil Spector International label he resurfaced with The Tommy Bolin Band in the mid 70's. This was a highly regarded group that had the likes of Narda Michael Walden on drums, Reggie McBride on bass, Norma Jean Bell on sax, and Mark on keyboards and sharing vocals with the great Tommy Bolin. The Tommy Bolin Band was a high energy rock-fusion influenced band that attracted people like John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, and Jeff Beck, to name a few, to come see the band play live. It was during this time that Mark made the transition from the Hammond B-3 organ to synthesizers. Mark toured and recorded with Bolin (then Private Eyes album), and left the Bolin band just prior to Tommy's premature death.
After working on several writing projects, Mark joined Alice Cooper in the "Welcome to My Nightmare" show, and toured Australia and New Zealand. Upon his return to the states he hooked up with Dave Mason who produced Mark's solo album on CBS Records in 1979. Mason then asked Mark to join forces with him and Mark toured and recorded with David for the better part of four years. Mark penned five tunes on Mason's Old Crest on a New Wave album, and sang backing vocals with Michael Jackson on the track Save Me.
In 1983, Mark re-signed with Atlantic Records to do a Vanilla Fudge reunion album entitled Mystery, appearing once again as lead vocalist / keyboardist. In 1987 the Fudge did a three-month U.S. tour, and recorded a 'live' album “The Real Deal “during some of those dates. The band appeared at the Atlantic 40th Anniversary show May 14, 1988, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Mark released his solo CD entitled “White Magik” with his all star band Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets)
On October 15, 2006, Mark & the Vanilla Fudge were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame by Felix Cavaliere for their contribution to music history. Other inductees were Billy Joel, Joan Jett, and Twisted Sister along with others.
Mark released his self published book “You Keep Me Hangin On”which is available on Amazon.com and an autographed copy from his website www.mark-stein.com and will back on tour with Vanilla Fudge touring Europe & America in March 2014.
And the beat goes on……..
The Jimmy Star Show is pleased to showcase the expertise and talent of Mark Stein and all anticipate a fun and informative time talking with him about his career and the entertainment industries at large.. Join King of Cool Jimmy Star, Cool Man about Town Ron Russell, and Hollywood Vixen Deidra Sarego as they have a playful and sometimes wild time with the talented featured guest!
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