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Rick Vito

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Rick Vito (born on 13 October 1949, in Darby, Pennsylvania) is a guitarist and singer-songwriter.

Guitarist Rick Vito was born in Darby, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Though very young, Rick distinctly remembers the impact of the early years of Rock & Roll and the effect it had on his interest in playing the guitar. “Everyone, of course, was crazy about ELVIS and I was too. Also, I was a faithful watcher of the “BANDSTAND” TV show which was broadcast every day from Philadelphia. This started even before DICK CLARK hosted it. Bandstand was the center of the universe as far as Rock & Roll went for me.

Most of the classic rockers made their debut on this show before they got to Ed Sullivan, and I remember being fascinated with guys like JERRY LEE LEWIS, FATS DOMINO, and LITTLE RICHARD. But it was the guys with the guitars that really got to me. My mom had played Hawaiian lap guitar as a young girl and we still had her old Oahu acoustic. We have a videotape (transferred from 8mm film) of me about six years old going nuts with that guitar doing my Elvis bit in the living room. It’s proof that I’m a bona-fide 50’s rocker!”
Rick tried lessons a few times around this time but soon abandoned them preferring instead to work things out by ear.

Another weekly TV show had a great impact on the young Vito. “THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET” usually featured the teen-age RICKY NELSON with his band every week at the close of each episode performing one of his hit Rockabilly tunes.

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  • mirrorball95

    No shouts? Rick Vito deserves more appreciation! Just discovered this great guitarist through his concert with Mick Fleetwood (Blue Again) in which they revisited many of the original fleetwood mac blues tracks. He really did the songs justice, especially Albatross which was played right at the end.

    21 Nov 2010 Reply

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