Monday, October 12, 2009


Here we have a great old clip from guitar innovator Vincent "Vinnie" Bell who is playing Coral's version of the electric sitar that he helped design. (One of the very best uses of this instrument in my opinion was on the recordings by Philly soul group the Delfonics... now that is some BURNING use of the electric sitar!)

Bell was famous for his acid-y guitar/sitar work on the theme to the 1970 movie "Airport", his watery, wanting guitar line in Ferrante & Teicher's version of the theme to "Midnight Cowboy", his opening guitar riff on the Monkees' "I'm a Believer", the signature sitar line on "Green Tambourine" by the Lemon Pipers, as well as the distinctive percussive guitar work on Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By". Some also give him credit for creating one of the first versions of the wah-wah pedal in the 50's years before Thomas Organ released their first mass-produced version. Also, the Danelectro Bellzouki (12 stringed guitar) was their electrified version of a bouzouki (a old Greek and middle eastern stringed instrument) and was named in Bell's honor.

Salute Vinnie!!

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