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Elf, was a band founded in 1967 in Cortland, New York, United States by singer Ronnie James Dio (Ronnie Padavona), guitarist and vocalist Doug Thaler, drummer Gary Driscoll, and guitarists Nick Pantas and David ‘Rock’ Feinstein (Dio’s cousin). The band was orignially called The Electric Elves, but was shortened to The Elves, and finally Elf in 1969.

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).
Cover of Elf’s debut self-titled 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.

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  • A7X2233

    the fuck is that shit?

    29 Jul 10:17am Reply
  • Alvareras

    Dio's voice reminds me of John Fogerty's voice

    30 Apr 5:56pm Reply
  • Alvareras

    Elf, their homonym album, only has eight songs but eight perfect songs

    30 Apr 5:52pm Reply
  • Marty_Sexx

    I love this band very much !

    21 Mar 5:42am Reply
  • starktargaryen

    Group created to Taste-O-Meter. All are welcome! =) http://www.lastfm.com.br/group/Taste-o-Meter+Game

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Dear Dio fans! Please don't forget the commemoration day! ( Ronnie James Dio: July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010 )

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • Lord_DeviL_

    .•*¨*•♫♪•<❤>_♪♫ॐ•_•ॐ♫♪+<❤>•♪♫•*¨*•.¸

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    =Im Coming Back For You= ABSOLUTELY (`・ω・´)

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wojtekdio

    http://loudwire.com/dio-vs-dream-theater-march-metal-madness-2013-round-1/

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ZygmuntJacobs

    What a fucking awesome band. And a shame that I discovered it, and the rest of Dio's music too, only two and a half years after he died. Well, better late than never, huh? At least he's still with us thanks to the awe-fucking-some music he'd left us.

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • da_Kugla

    Für alle deutschsprachigen Dio-Fans: http://www.lastfm.de/group/Ronnie+James+Dio+Ged%C3%A4chtnis+Gruppe

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mrgladhands

    Before Elf was Ronnie James Dio and The Electric Elves. They used to play at my father's high school dances in Homer, NY. I grew up listening to all of Dio's music. My dad would tell me some great stories about it and there was one that really stuck. - The first time my dad ever heard Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was when The Electric Elves learned it and performed it at one of the dances in it's entirety before it even hit the radio. I LOVE pulling out these Elf records from time to time. Man, what great music!

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • GeddyLeeIV

    "I love how no one cared about this group until Dio died. Then every rock and metal fag starts adding them to their library and pretending they listened to them long before." Oh, I'm so cool, I don't go with trends, I'm troooo, you're just posers! There's metal in my mother's vagina! [5]

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    dio goes CCR. 3 stellar LPs!

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Vlad_sotonA

    80 lvl

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Sith_Lord3330

    "I love how no one cared about this group until Dio died. Then every rock and metal fag starts adding them to their library and pretending they listened to them long before." Oh, I'm so cool, I don't go with trends, I'm troooo, you're just posers! There's metal in my mother's vagina! [3]

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • cicerometallica

    great bad

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • hygrophorus

    When She Smiles, beautiful, perfect shit.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • EternalDeath94

    "I love how no one cared about this group until Dio died. Then every rock and metal fag starts adding them to their library and pretending they listened to them long before." Oh, I'm so cool, I don't go with trends, I'm troooo, you're just posers! There's metal in my mother's vagina! [2]

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • dunnowhyimhere

    what's sad is that there was some talk of elf getting together for a reunion before dio passed. i was looking forward to hearing these tracks live.

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
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