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Died On This Date (December 19, 2011) Vinny Manniello / Early Drummer For Bruce Springsteen

Posted by themusicsover on December 19, 2011

Vincent Manniello
DOB Unknown – December 19, 2011

The Castiles with Vinny Manniello, 2nd from right; Bruce Springsteen, far right.

Vinny Manniello was rock drummer who, as a teenager, played in Bruce Springsteen’s first band of significance, the Castiles.  Formed in the mid ’60s, the band, with Manniello on drums, was responsible for Springsteen’s first recording sessions on May 18, 1966.  The resulting single was “Baby I,” backed with “That’s What You Got.” There are believed to be only four legitimate copies of that record in existence today.  The band built a local following by playing charity events and high school graduation dances including Springsteen’s own in 1967.  They also got booked for series of shows at New York City’s legendary Cafe Wha? before the band broke up in August of 1968.  Vinny Manniello was 64 when he passed away peacefully at a local New Jersey hospital.  Cause of death was not immediately released.


3 Responses to “Died On This Date (December 19, 2011) Vinny Manniello / Early Drummer For Bruce Springsteen”

  1. Joseph Roe said

    vinny was my father inlaw, He will be miss’ed

    • themusicsover said

      I’m sorry for your loss, Joseph. Thank you for stopping by and leaving some love for him here.

      • Michael Civitano said

        WE LOVE AND MISS YOU DAD! I PROMISE TO KEEP MY PROMISE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR DAUGHTER LISA (BABY BOTS). WE WISH YOU COULD BE HERE. R.I.P. ITS FUNNY HOW PEOPLE become your friend and family when its conveniant for them. Now that you are looking over us, you can see how much we miss you.

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