RIP Vinnie Bell.

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  1. edvard

    edvard Tele-Afflicted

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    A little late (he passed on Oct 3rd), but deserving of a proper TDPRI send-off nonetheless.

    Don't know who he is? He was primarily a studio musician who played on some mighty famous people's records, had a hand in the design of the Danelectro's Coral Electric Sitar and promoted it on his own records, and is the individual single-handedly responsible for the "underwater guitar" sound on "Airport Love Theme" and Ferrante & Teicher's "Midnight Cowboy". He never revealed the secret to anybody, and now it's gone forever.

    And he's a damn fine player too, if you can get past the elevator music vibe that a lot of his music has.

     
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    dented Poster Extraordinaire

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    RIP Mr. Bell, thanks for the music.
     
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    micpoc Friend of Leo's

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    This one makes me sad. Here he is playing my favorite Burt Bacharach composition, "Nikki", which was used (in a different arrangement) for the ABC Movie of the Week theme back in the 1970s. This recording features his underwater sound. Although I already knew his name from the Electric Sitar, I discovered his recordings while managing a used record store in the 1990s.

    R.I.P.


    But he's probably most famous for the baritone electric guitar part on the theme from Twin Peaks...

     
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  4. GFrank

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    Never heard of him before, so thanks for the introduction.

    His solo record is wild and wonderfully wacky:

     
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    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Thanks, I had not heard of this legend's passing. :(

    In the 1980s I got turned on to "Pop Goes the Electric Sitar," I've been a fan ever since and it's still one of my favorite records (I own the vinyl!). Before that, of course, I was a fan without knowing who he was, loving the aforementioned "underwater sound" heard in the movie themes etc. He inspired me to make my own "electric sitar" (old Teisco with a buzz bridge).

    A few years ago his son created a website where I learned more about him: http://www.danacountryman.com/vinnie/main.htm
    Besides a great musician and guitarist, Vinnie was an innovator in guitarmaking and electronics, and seems he was just an all-around delightful guy. R.I.P.
     
  6. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    Muzak done right imo.
    Thx to the op for the heads up on Vinnies pass. Well played Sir!
     
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