ELF (3)

Also known as E.L.F., Ronnie James Dio and Elf
Members of ELF (3): Craig Gruber, David Feinstein, Doug Thaler, Gary Driscoll, Mark Nauseef, Mickey Lee Soule, Ronald Padavona, Steve Edwards (3)
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elf_(band)

Discography of ELF (3):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 ELF 8 Audio 1972 Epic
2 Elf 8 Audio 1972 Epic
3 Carolina County Ball 9 Audio 2008 Air Mail Archive
4 Elf 8 Audio Epic
5 Trying To Burn The Sun 8 Audio 1975 MGM Records
6 Trying To Burn The Sun 8 Audio 1975 Safari Records
7 Carolina County Ball 9 Audio 1983 Line Records
8 L.A./59 9 Audio Safari Records
9 L.A./59 9 Audio 1974 MGM Records
10 Trying To Burn The Sun 8 Audio 1977 Safari Records
11 Carolina County Ball 9 Audio 1974 Safari Records
12 Elf 8 Audio 1998-03-01 Epic
13 Holy Diver / Carolina County Ball 20 Audio 1999 CD-Maximum
14 Elf 8 Audio Epic
15 L.A. 59 2 Audio 1974 MGM Records
16 Hoochie Koochie Lady / First Avenue 2 Audio 1972 Epic
17 Hoochie Koochie Lady 2 Audio 1972 Epic
18 Hoochie Koochie Lady 2 Audio 1972 Epic
19 Hoochie Koochie Lady 2 Audio 1972 Epic
20 Hoochie Koochie Lady 2 Audio 1972 Epic
21 Sit Down Honey 2 Audio 1972 Eastern Artists
22 L.A. 59 / Ain't It All Amusing 2 Audio 1974-04-08 Purple Records
23 L.A. 59 2 Audio 1974-04-08 Purple Records
24 L.A. 59 2 Audio 1974-04-08 Purple Records
25 L.A. 59 2 Audio 1974-04-08 MGM Records
26 L.A. 59 2 Audio 1974-04-08 MGM Records
27 L.A. 59 2 Audio 1974-04-08 Purple Records
28 L.A. 59 2 Audio 1974-04-08 Purple Records
29 Live 1973 2 Audio Not On Label
30 Live! And My Soul Shall Be Lifted 19 Audio 2009 Goncourt Records
31 Live At The Bank 37 Audio Not On Label (ELF (3))
32 Trying To Burn The Sun 8 Audio 2009 Epic/Sony (2)
33 Elf 8 Audio Epic
34 Dream Evil / Trying To Burn The Sun 19 Audio 1999 CD-Maximum
35 Carolina County Ball 9 Audio 1974 Purple Records
36 L.A./59 9 Audio Safari Records
37 Carolina County Ball 9 Audio 1974 EMI Records Ltd.
38 Elf 8 Audio 1992-12-02 Epic
39 Live 1973 2 Audio Not On Label
40 Ain't It All Amusing 3 Audio Emidisc (3)
41 Trying To Burn The Sun 8 Audio 1977 Safari Records
42 Elf 8 Audio 1972 Epic
43 Angry Machines / Elf 20 Audio 1999 CD-Maximum
44 The Gargantuan Elf Album 16 Audio Safari Records
45 Elf 8 Audio Epic


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 [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Elves%2C+The+(3)]The Elves[/url], 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 [a=Ian Paice] and [a=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, [a=Ritchie Blackmore] recruited the entire band, minus Edwards, to join him in his new act, [a=Rainbow], effectively ending Elf.

Ronnie James Dio went on to a successful career in heavy metal, fronting [a=Rainbow], [a=Black Sabbath], [a=Heaven & Hell (2)], and his own band, [a=Dio (2)]. David Feinstein also found a career in metal, leading the band [a=Rods, The] 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 possiblity of reuniting the band but this never came to pass as the singer succumbed to stomach cancer in 2010.


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