Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, it was Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Dion Dimucci who set Yo’ Vinny on the path to becoming a musician. It was also with Dion’s help that he came to work for Terry Cashman & Tommy West. Cashman & West are best known for producing all of Jim Croce’s hit records. While working for Cashman & West, he was also able to work with Dion on the albums Return Of The Wanderer & Fire In The Night. Still with Cashman, West and their partner Phil Kurnit to this day, he produces records for Winthrop Records, Metrostar Records, American Originals Records and Lifesong Records.
It was Hollywood actor, director and writer, Chazz Palminteri, who is also from the same Bronx neighborhood, who told Yo’ Vinny to take the kids and start a musical group. It was under Chazz’s guidance that they decided to name the group The Bronx Wanderers.