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Vanilla Fudge

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Vanilla Fudge was an American psychedelic rock band that recorded albums from 1967 to 1970. Members included Mark Stein, bassist Tim Bogert, and Joey Brennan, all from Long Island, New York, lead guitarist Vince Martell and drummer Carmine Appice, both from New York City.

They had a number of hit singles, their biggest hit being "You Keep Me Hangin' On," a slowed-down, trippy, hard rock cover of a song originally recorded by The Supremes, which particularly featured Appice's energetic drumming. One follow-up to this hit, "Take Me For a Little While," was an original composition with a very similar sound both in musical themes and treatment, but it said something quite different than its forerunner. While it did not do nearly as well commercially, it did attract some airplay, making it a rare instance of a band successfully parodying their own work.

The members of Vanilla Fudge were also great admirers of The Beatles, and covered several of their songs including "Ticket to Ride," their version of which The Beatles were quite fond.

While some might consider Vanilla Fudge a short-lived rock band, Mark Stein and company are essentially the grandfathers of the psychedelic rock movement in America, and a band to whom a great deal of gratitude is owed for their innovative contributions to Rock and Roll.

Stein and Appice revived the band in 1984, to very minor success. The band has not recorded but played some concerts since. A live concert recorded in Chicago in 1987 has been released recently.

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