OUR MEMORIES OF VINNIE BELL

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9:33pm 11-01-2021
I apologize for taking soooo looong to contribute to Vinnie's memorial. It is now two years since our dear friend Vinnie has gone to the great recording studio in the sky. We can only imagine who he's recording with now. I was a huge fan of Vinnie's long before I knew who he was! Think of all of those fabulous Four Seasons recordings, TV commercials, TV and movie themes. The great guitar sounds: the "water" sound, the electric sitar sound, and the Bellzouki. Let's not forget that Vinnie was a master inventor in the same caliber as Les Paul, and an innovative master craftsman, hence his contributions to Danelectro/Coral, and D'Angelico. Vinnie loved his guitar, music, and most of all, his family! That was very clear to see. It took about three years for things to come together for Vinnie and I to finally meet face-to-face. When we did, we gave each other a BIG HUG; it was like kindred spirits. Vinnie and Bonnie were a very warm and welcoming couple. I'm still friends with Bonnie. Vinnie is no longer with us physically, but he is with us every time we hear "Green Tambourine," watch a rerun of The Family Guy, see the movie Airport, or hear "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Thank you Vinnie for all the wonderful musical memories you have given the world!
5:46am 10-10-2021
Tony
Still listening to you Vinnie since you amazed me as a kid with your wonderful version of the Airport Love Theme and am still listening ! Nice to hear your work is still out there on some of our local radio stations.
Tony
Perth
Western Australia
5:38pm 06-26-2021
Great work Vinnie, your music still inspires.
Lovely family photos.
Jamie Harries
Zenith Music
Perth
Western Australia
1:29pm 06-21-2021
To the Gambella family my deepest condolences .. Vinnie was my guitar teacher in the early 60's at his home in Edison NJ .. He was tough but always considerate and understanding.. One of the best teachers I ever had!! I still have a souvenir he gave me from a vacation to Mexico he went on with his wife Marilyn and his record the "SoundTronic Guitar of Vincent Bell.. He will truly be missed!!!
10:13pm 04-23-2021
I used to talk online to a relative of Vinnie's. I even bought some old electric sitar parts from him.
He showed Vinnie a news story I had sent. They did the story on me and my instrument of choice, the Coral Electric Sitar. I love the instrument and I love all of Vinnie's contributions to music. I remember that sound from Green Tambourine, but it was decades before I knew what instrument it was and another couple of decades before I finally got one. I also own two Bellzoukis. Vincent Bell was an inspiration to musicians from Jimi Hendrix down to little ol' me. Hits many inventions and innovations will go down in history, just like the many recordings that he played on.

God Bless Vinnie Bell!!!
11:00am 03-15-2021
Grandpa, I miss you every day. I always new you were a musical genius, but you were the best grandpa a girl could have. I know your up in heaven with nanny and mommy and that comforts me. I’m sorry I didn’t do this sooner , but I know you know my heart. I love you forever-Krista
10:17pm 03-11-2021
For his creativity and chemistry, for his impetus and invention, for his curiosity and cleverness, for his mastery and motion, for his guitar and sitar, for wah wah and fuzz he will always be loved and missed by music fans and players.
8:49pm 03-01-2021
I never met Vinnie but my friend Kai Winding always said that he was great guy, and you could hear he was a perfectionist every time he played. He will be missed!
1:38pm 02-27-2021
Rest in Peace Vinnie. I used to watch you when you were in the band conducted by Peter Matz at NBC on Avenue M in Brooklyn. Your spirit and innovation inspired me to play the guitar which I do every day-although I still can't do the water sound!
9:36am 02-06-2021
Sorry to of the passing of Vinnie. He was my grandfather nickies nephew . My grandfather use to visit aunt antionnette on van Sicilian in brooklyn where he lived as a boy. He was always so proud of him. Rest in peace.
11:29am 12-27-2020
When I think of Vinnie I smile. He was fun and funny. When I was young and breaking into the “business” he was always so supportive and warm. He had a lot of hardship in his life but he always handled It so bravely and without burdening anyone. He was one of a kind and he is missed. RIP
8:13am 12-18-2020
Joan loan
I knew Vince because he married my lovely sister I law Bonnie They enriched each other lives this beautiful memorial brings to life his career and talent
6:44pm 12-15-2020
I met Vinnie after he married Bonnie. What a sweetheart! He was always so sweet and loving -- like we knew each other for a lifetime. Thank you for the slideshow so I could see and hear what a special guy he was and is! He can't be forgotten and his music and talent still lives. Blessings to Bonnie and his whole family!
1:37am 12-13-2020
Vinnie and I became friends in 2004, when I interviewed him for a book I was writing. I had been a fan of his guitar work since I had been a teenager. During the interview, we just hit it off on the phone right away, and that was part of the magic of Vinnie. He had the special ability to make friends easily, and also to draw you into his circle. Next thing I knew, we were talking on the phone regularly, all the way from Seattle to New Jersey! For my birthday that year, Vinnie and my wife Tricia secretly arranged for me to fly out to meet him and stay with him and his sweet wife Marilyn for a week. Both being musicians, we had a lot to talk about and share. What a great time we had. And during that week, we even got to record together in a local world-class recording studio. Over the years, we became closer friends, and each time we spoke he would never fail to ask about my wife and son. He was a genuine loving, caring guy, and a real sweetheart. I last saw Vinnie at his home in 2016. His health starting to fade a bit, but it was great to visit Vinnie and Bonnie and to have lunch with them. Vinnie was the kind of guy that you rarely meet in life -- the kind of friend that you just "click with, and he was someone with a great sense of humor. I'll always cherish my friendship with Vinnie, and I'll remember him all of my days.
6:04pm 12-12-2020
Vinnie was an amazing talented, creative, accomplished human being. In addition to that, he was one of the
nicest, friendliest, warmest human beings I have ever known. I am missing his huge wave and smile whenever I
drove by his house or saw him in the neighborhood. Seeing him always left me smiling. I feel blessed to have known him. There is a lot to learn from his attitude toward life and toward people. His memory will always be for a blessing.
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