Major throwback

13 March, 2012
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To high school, that is. (Cheers for the class of ’77, anyone? Anyone?)

Gino Vannelli — I hadn’t heard a peep about him in years, and suddenly, he’s on the Sirius “70s on 7” station on my way home from rehearsal last night. Wow. Anyone else remember him? He was all the rage for about three years or so, then he vanished. Honestly — he was there, then he was nowhere.

Man, did I ever sing along with these…

I Just Wanna Stop
Living Inside Myself
The Wheels of Life
People Gotta Move

He was, in many respects, the hipper alternative to Barry Manilow (and I liked Barry OK, too); a dark and handsome crooner with a progressive sound — I’d say halfway between the schmaltz of Barry and the R & B sound of Michael McDonald. I loved listening to him, and I can’t believe I went years without thinking about him. And now that I think of him, I say BoomR would sound fantastic on his stuff. Got any Gino in your rep, luvy?

I checked out his site, and he has a decidedly different sound now. But who doesn’t, 35 years down the road, ja?

Shout if you remember Gino and his incredibly tight slacks. Haha, ouch…

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13 March, 2012 7:04 am

OOOH!!! Good call!!! I’ll have to do a little digging, but I may have to work a couple of these in! You’re spot on with what you said, though! MUCH hipper!

I’m off to the airport – don’t forget to toss me a couple cupcakes as I fly over & wave atcha! xoxoxox


Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
13 March, 2012 10:07 pm

Hipper than BaRry MaNiLOW?!?

That stuff sounds pretty groovy. I’ve been listening to some R&B ish things lately.


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It was groovy indeed, at least for 1977. I loved it, and I don’t know why I forgot about him for all those years!