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The Elves

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Ronnie James Dio - Vocals / Bass
Gary Driscoll - Drums / Percussion
Dave Feinstein - Guitar
Doug Thaler - Keyboards/Guitar
Mickey Lee Soule - Keyboards
Nick Pantas - Guitar

There was never really an “end” to Ronnie Dio and the Prophets or a “beginning” of the Electric Elves. I joined Ronnie, Nicky, Gary, and David in September, 1967. Until the crash (Feb 1968), we began pushing the Electric Elves name in place of Ronnie Dio and the Prophets.

Ronnie handled both the vocals and the bass, Nick and Ronnie’s cousin Dave Feinstein offered a dual guitar partnership. Gary Driscoll handled the Drums and Doug Thaler the keyboards. The band was called The Electric Elves.

The title of this band is under an “Elf” theme, as this was devised from the relative shortness of the band; Ronnie was 5 foot 4 inches tall, like the rest and Dave was 5 foot! A theme the band sticks to for the future bands they form. Out of this band a single is released in December of 1967, it included: “Hey, Look Me Over,” backed with: “It Pays To Advertise.” The name didn’t last for too long, as in mid 1969 they decided to change it simply to The Elves…

While I didn’t join the band officially until September of 1967, I did play and sing on “Hey, Look Me Over” and “It Pays to Advertise” which were recorded in NYC in July 1967. Ronnie, Rock (Feinstein), Nicky Pantas, and Gary played on those recordings as I believe you have posted.

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