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Elf was a Blues-rock band founded in 1967 by singer and bassist Ronnie James Dio, keyboardist Doug Thaler, drummer Gary Driscoll, and guitarists Nick Pantas and David Feinstein (Dio's cousin). The band was originally called The Electric Elves, but was shortened to The Elves and finally Elf in mid-1970. Elf disbanded in 1975, after recording three albums.
In 1970 the band was involved in an automobile accident which claimed the life of Nick Pantas, whom the band decided not to replace. After recovering from his injuries, Doug Thaler quit the band, and was replaced by Micky Lee Soule. (Upon leaving in 1972, Thaler moved to New York and got a job as a booking agent — Elf was one of the bands he booked. In 1983, he became co-manager of Mötley Crüe. Present day he works at Metropolitan Talent as an artist manager, working with artists such as Art Garfunkel, Bruce Hornsby & Ratdog).
Elf's self-titled debut album was produced by Deep Purple members Roger Glover and Ian Paice, who happened to see Elf auditioning in 1972. For the next few years, the band enjoyed mild success as an opening act for Deep Purple.
Dio both sang and played the bass guitar until, in 1973, bass player Craig Gruber was asked to join. The same year saw Feinstein quit the band, to be replaced by Steve Edwards. Feinstein formed a band called The Rods, which met with a moderate amount of success, touring with groups such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, as well as Metallica, before finally retiring from the music industry. He would not return to the music scene until 2004, when his band, Feinstein, released the album Third Wish on the Magic Circle Music label.
In 1974, Dio was asked by Glover to sing on his solo album The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. Dio's rich, soulful voice gained the attention of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore who had just left Deep Purple and was looking for musicians for his first solo album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. He decided to use Elf for this album, and the band Rainbow was thus formed, with Blackmore replacing Edwards. After they finished recording the album, however, Driscoll, Gruber, and Soule were replaced by Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain and Tony Carey, who played with Dio and Blackmore during the subsequent tour; Elf was no more.
Elf is the first album by Ronnie James Dio's blues rock band called Elf. It was released in 1972.Dio at the time still went by his birth name Ronald Padovana.
After this album, Steve Edwards replaced David Feinstein on guitar, and Craig Gruber replaced Ronnie James Dio on bass. However, Ronnie James Dio continued to sing lead vocals for the band. This future lineup, minus Feinstein, became the first incarnation of Blackmore's Rainbow when Deep Purple axeman Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple.
Carolina County Ball, was the second album by the rock band Elf, released as an LP in 1974 on the MGM label. It was released in the United States and Japan as L.A./59.
The song most played from this album was "Ain't It All Amusing," which became a staple in the pubs in the UK
* Ronnie James Dio - vocals / bass
* Gary Driscoll - Drums / Percussion
* Dave "Rock" Feinstein - Guitar
* Mickey Lee Soule - Keyboards
01. Wake Up Sunshine (studio demo)
02. Smile For Me Lady (studio demo)
03. Rosemary (studio demo)
04. You Felt he Same Way (studio demo)
05. Driftin' (studio demo)
06. Saturday Night
07. Crosseyed Mary
08. Stay With Me
09. Little Queenie / Johnny B Good Whole Lotta Shakin'
10. Did You Ever
11. Cold Ramona
12. Black Dog
13. Lura Lura
14. Four Day Creep
01. Give Me A Chance
02. Nameless Instrumental
04. Drown Me In The River
05. Simple Man
06. Pisces Apple Lady
07. Dirty Dollar Bill
08. Buckingham Blues
09. So Long
10. You Shook Me / Rock's Boogie
11. War Pigs
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