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Gary Driscoll (1946 - June 1987) was an American R&B style rock drummer who performed in a number of successful bands from the 1960s until his violent death in June 1987.

He first entered the music scene when he joined The Electric Elves in 1967, fronted by Ronnie James Dio. The band transformed into The Elves, and then Elf in 1969, releasing a few singles along the way. They were eventually discovered by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover who went on to produce at least two of Elf’s three studio albums.

Elf disbanded in 1975 when Driscoll, Dio, Micky Lee Soule (Elf’s keyboardist) and Craig Gruber (their bassist) were recruited by Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to form Rainbow.

Driscoll was sacked from Rainbow shortly after their debut album was recorded. It is said that his firing was simply due to his R&B style of drumming, which did not sit well with Blackmore. Driscoll was replaced with veteran hard rocker Cozy Powell.

After his departure from Rainbow, Driscoll played in the bands Dakota (1978–1980, from Scranton, Pa. formally the Jerry Kelly Band), before starting Bible Black with Craig Gruber, future Blue Cheer guitarist Duck McDonald and singer Jeff Fenholt. This band released the albums Ground Zero and, with a few other musicians, Thrasher, neither of which sold well. Driscoll found a day job, and made a little extra money on the side as a session musician.

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