~ Previous Vanilla Quotes ~

 "The Vanilla Fudge shared billing with (Led) Zeppelin on the group's American tour. Robert (Plant) remembers an incident in Edmonton, Canada. "It was a cow palace; you could smell the cow sh** dried up underneath the plastic. I remember playing away in the middle of "How Many More Times", and I turned around, and Jonesey (John Paul Jones) and Bonzo (John Bonham) had switched in mid-beat for (Tim) Bogert and Carmine (Appice). It was very good fun."

- From: MODERN DRUMMER magazine, January 1996
- Courtesy of Craig Hudson in Sydney, Australia.

(Overheard Internet Messages)

Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 11:46:38 -0800 (PST)
From: Gage Crump
Subject: Re: covers by slowdive

I was at the new San Francisco main public library on Valentine's Day and i happened to come across Psychedelic Sundae by Vanilla Fudge (was Sonny Bono in this band?). anyway, my point is that there was a song on it called SomeVelvet Morning. is this just a coincidence or did Slowdive cover Vanilla Fudge? (i've actually never heard either song, i got my souvlaki copy in europe). i found a record on the street curb a couple of months ago, The Beat Goes On by Vanilla Fudge and it is very strange. Sampling of news bits of presidents being assisnated, synthesizer blisteringly spurting out a rendition of Fur Elise, all interlaced with weird sound and especially Sonny Bono singing The Beat Goes On, a very disjointed f*****-up thing, though not all that great musically, i found it extremely interesting...


Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 15:00:38 -0500
From: MCINTYRE@pa.msu.edu
Subject: Re: covers by slowdive

>From: Gage Crump
>i was at the new SF main public library on valentine's day and i happened to come across Psychedelic Sundae by Vanilla Fudge (was Sonny Bono in this band?). anyway, my point is that there was a song on it called Some Velvet Morning. is this just a coincidence or did Slowdive cover Vanilla

No, Sonny Bono was not in Vanilla Fudge. Some Velvet Morning was originally done by its writer, Lee Hazelwood, and Nancy Sinatra. It's possible Slowdive were unaware of the Vanilla Fudge version as it was an album track while the Hazelwood/Sinatra version was a single that charted back in the sixties.

John McIntyre

Physics - Astronomy Domine Dept
Michigan State University

P.S. I love how Vanilla Fudge sings the line "Some velvet morning when I'm straight". You just know that day will be a long time coming. :-)

Jim Dolan: "When I first heard him, he [Joe Satriani] reminded me of the sixties group who were so far ahead of their time they probably have not yet come round: Vanilla Fudge." Not yet? Will from the Guestbook: "Hey, I'm Will, 16, from Massachusetts. and I just wanted to say that your music was and still is great!"

John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin: Question: "John Paul, what was your favorite band that seemed a precursor to the Zep sound, i.e. Cream , Traffic, Jefferson AIrplane, et al?"

John Paul Jones: "Possibly Vanilla Fudge. I know that sounds odd, but they really were extremely powerful plus they had a great stage show. They had two great voices. And we became great friends -- we supported them on the first tour."

- America Online Chat with John Paul Jones, Nov. 17, 1997.
- Quote hi-jacked from the Led Zeppelin - The Master Compilation

Negativity from a 1994 Interview with Billy Joel by David M. Higgs:

"I remember there was one point in the late '60s when there were sharp delineations between groups of musicians. There were a couple of people who made it, like Vanilla Fudge, but nobody really liked them because they had sort of copped what The Vagrants [a Forest Hills-based band that featured the Mountain guitarist, Leslie West] were doing. They had a hit album but no one really liked them. Only people outside of Long Island liked the Vanilla Fudge. We were somewhat embarrassed by the Vanilla Fudge."

A hit album but nobody really liked them... Yeah, right! :-)

Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple: "...We [Ritchie & Jon Lord] shared the same taste in music. We loved Vanilla Fudge - they were our heroes. They used to play London's Speakeasy and all the hippies used to go there to hang out - Clapton, The Beatles - everybody went there to pose. According to legend, the talk of the town during that period was Jimi Hendrix, but that's not true. It was Vanilla Fudge. They played eight-minute songs, with dynamics. People said, "What the hell's going on here? How come it's not three minutes?"... The whole group was ahead of its time..."

Guitar World Interview, Feb. 1991.
Quote hi-jacked from the The Highway Star: The Deep Purple Official Site

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant on touring with Vanilla Fudge: "The whole band was so good to us and the epitome of everything I'd hoped for in music. They were really so kind to us, especially to Bonzo and myself, because we were like a couple of kids. We were very intimidated and in awe of everything."

-- On This Day In Led Zeppelin History
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