Gino Vannelli (born June 16, 1952) is a Canadian rock singer and songwriter who had several hit songs in the 1970s and 1980s.

Vannelli was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, and began his musical career at a young age. He learned to play the drums and piano and started writing songs in high school. In the early 1970s, he formed a band with his brothers and released their first album, “Crazy Life,” in 1973. The album garnered attention with its blend of pop, rock, and jazz influences.

Vannelli gained further success with his second album, “Powerful People,” in 1974. The album’s title track became a hit single, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He continued to release successful albums throughout the 1970s, including “Storm at Sunup” (1975) and “A Pauper in Paradise” (1977).

In the 1980s, Vannelli’s music took a more electronic and synth-pop direction. He released the hit album “Brother to Brother” in 1978, which featured the popular singles “I Just Wanna Stop” and “Wheels of Life.” “I Just Wanna Stop” became his biggest hit, reaching the top 10 on multiple charts and earning him a Grammy nomination.

Vannelli continued to release albums and tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, although his success waned. He released the album “These Are the Days” in 2006, his first album of new material in over a decade.

Over his career, Vannelli has received numerous awards and accolades, including several Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards). He has been praised for his distinctive voice and range, as well as his songwriting skills.

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