Born in the Bronx as Vincent James Martellucci, Martell moved with his family to Florida and joined a band called Ricky T & The Satans Three that played in Miami blues clubs and shrimp bars in Key West. In 1966, he formed the band The Pidgeons with organist Mark Stein, bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Joe Brennan. After Brennan was replaced and a record deal signed, the band to change its name to Vanilla Fudge.
The band was best known known for their psychedelic covers of popular songs, especially their biggest hit, a down-tempo version of the Supremes’ You Keep Me Hangin’ On.
After the breakup of Vanilla Fudge in 1970, Martell continued to perform until the band reunited for another album in 1984 called Mystery. In 2000, he released his first solo CD, Endless High, followed in 2001 by a self-titled CD, Vince Martell. He’s continued to tour off and on since then.