ELF (3)

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Elf
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Elf was a blues-rock band formed in upstate New York, USA, in 1967. The band was founded by vocalist/bassist Ronnie James Dio, guitarists David Feinstein and Nick Pantas, keyboardist Doug Thaler, and drummer Gary Driscoll. The band's original name was The Electric Elves, which was later shortened to The Elves (3), and, finally, Elf. In 1968, Pantas was killed in a car accident. Following the accident, Doug Thaler moved to rhythm guitar and Mickey Lee Soule joined as keyboardist. In 1972, Thaler dropped out of the group. The same year, the band cut their self-titled debut album, which was produced by Ian Paice and Roger Glover and saw Dio credited under his real name, Ronald Padavona. The following year, Craig Gruber was recruited on bass so that Dio could concentrate solely on vocals. At the same time, David Feinstein quit and was replaced by Steve Edwards. This line-up recorded two studio albums. In 1975, Ritchie Blackmore recruited the entire band, minus Edwards, to join him in his new act, Rainbow, effectively ending Elf.

Ronnie James Dio went on to a successful career in heavy metal, fronting Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell (2), and his own band, Dio (2). David Feinstein also found a career in metal, leading the band The Rods for a number of years. Original keyboardist Doug Thaler went on to a career in music management. Drummer Gary Driscoll was found murdered in his home in 1987. The crime remains unsolved.

In the 2000s, Dio spoke about the possibility of reuniting the band but this never came to pass as the singer succumbed to stomach cancer in 2010.
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ELF (3) Discography Tracks

Albums

ELF (3) - Elf album art ELF (3) Elf (Album) Epic US 1972 Sell This Version
ELF (3) - Carolina County Ball album art ELF (3) Carolina County Ball (Album) Purple Records, Purple Records US 1974 Sell This Version
ELF (3) - Trying To Burn The Sun album art ELF (3) Trying To Burn The Sun (Album) MGM Records US 1975 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ELF (3) - Hoochie Koochie Lady / First Avenue album art ELF (3) Hoochie Koochie Lady / First Avenue (Single) Epic US 1972 Sell This Version
ELF (3) - Sit Down Honey album art ELF (3) Sit Down Honey (Single) Eastern Artists US 1972 Sell This Version
ELF (3) - L.A. 59 / Ain't It All Amusing album art ELF (3) L.A. 59 / Ain't It All Amusing (Single) Purple Records France 1974 Sell This Version
ELF (3) - L.A. 59 album art ELF (3) L.A. 59 (Single) Purple Records Germany 1974 Sell This Version
WSBPROMO-027 ELF (3) - Prentice Wood album art ELF (3) Prentice Wood(CD, Mini, Single, Promo) Wasabi Records (4) WSBPROMO-027 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
none ELF (3) - Ain't It All Amusing album art Elf (3) Ain't It All Amusing(Acetate, 7", S/Sided) Emidisc (3) none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

LONG CD 78 ELF (3) - The Gargantuan Elf Album album art Ronnie James Dio and Elf* The Gargantuan Elf Album(CD, Comp) Safari Records LONG CD 78 UK Unknown Sell This Version