Biography

Born in Queens, New York, Cherry Vanilla began her career in the 1960's as a producer of radio and TV commercials, while also DJ-ing at clubs in Manhattan and on the French Riviera.

By the 70’s, after gaining notoriety as a rock & roll groupie, she’d become an underground actress and played the title role in Andy Warhol's Pork at The Roundhouse Theatre in London. This was followed by a two-year stint as David Bowie's PR lady and roles in three more plays in New York and Berlin.

In '74 she self-published her book, Pop Tart Compositions and launched her career as a performing poet. By '77 she was writing songs and touring Europe with her own rock band, which included Stuart Copeland and Sting of the Police. She released two albums on RCA UK, Bad Girl and Venus d'Vinyl.

In the 1980’s and 90's, she wrote for magazines worldwide, while also running one of the first phone-sex services in America and doing film projects with jazz great, Chet Baker and fashion photographer, Bruce Weber.

In 1995, she moved to Hollywood, California, where she worked for director, Tim Burton, before establishing Europa Entertainment, Inc., the US office for composer, Vangelis until 2014.

In 2010, Chicago Review Press released her memoir, Lick Me.

Cherry now lives in Palm Springs, California, where she is developing several music and movie projects.

DISCOGRAPHY

ALBUMS

Max's Kansas City (1976) - various aritsts compilation
Shake Your Ashes: Lyrics by Cherry Vanilla, music by Thomas Morrongiello, published by Vanilla Music
Ram Records RAM 1213


Bad Girl (1978) - Cherry Vanilla
Lyrics by Cherry Vanilla, music by Louie Lepore, Michael Kamen, Thomas Morrongiello, Zecca Esquibel
All songs published by Vanilla Music, except Foxy Bitch (Vanilla/Intersong) and Little Red Rooster (Vanilla/MotherFortune)
RCA UK PL 25122


Venus d'Vinyl (1979) - Cherry Vanilla
Lyrics by Cherry Vanilla, music by Louie Lepore
All songs published by Vanilla Music
RCA UK PL 25217

SINGLES


The Punk (1977) - Cherry Vanilla
Vanilla/Lepore
RCA UK PB 5053


Liverpool (1978) - Cherry Vanilla
Vanilla/Lepore
RCA Victor PE-5089 (Netherlands only)


Moonlight (1979) - Cherry Vanilla
Vanilla/Lepore
RCA UK PB 5145

COLLABORATIONS

See You Later (1980) - Vangelis
Not a Bit, All Of It: Cherry Vanilla, Voice over
Polydor 2302 101


The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984) - Roger Waters
Cherry Vanilla, spoken word and sound effects
Harvest SHVL 2401051 (UK)
Columbia FC 39290 (US)


Man Parrish Album (1984) - Man Parrish
Together Again: Cherry Vanilla, vocals


Blade Runner Trilogy, 25th Anniversary (2007) - Vangelis
BR Downtown: Cherry Vanilla, Voice over
Universal Music TV 060075305147(4) (EU)
Universal Music TV B0010558-02 (USA)

 

 

My Love (1980) - Vangelis
Cherry Vanilla: voice over
UK Polydor 2001 973


Blue Roses (1988) - Cherry Vanilla and Man Parrish
All tracks: Lyrics by Cherry Vanilla, music by Man Parrish, Barb Morrison on saxophone
1988: Private release
2011 download: Vanilla Digital / Parrish Digital


Fone Sex (1991) - Cherry Vanilla with Man Parrish
Radikal RECORDS HAL 12283


Techno Sex (1992) - Cherry Vanilla with Man Parrish
Radikal Records HAL 12311