Washington [US]Dec. 18 (ANI): Soul rock band ‘Rascals’ Dino Danelli, who was the band’s drummer in the 1960s, has died at 78.
According to US-based news outlet Deadline, details were sparse on what happened, where and when. However, a spokesperson for the band, Joe Russo, claimed on Danelli’s Facebook page that the drummer had previously required angioplasty due to coronary heart disease and congestive heart failure.
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Gene Cornish, his band’s guitarist, paid tribute to Danelli on Facebook. “It is with a broken heart that I must announce the passing of Dino Danelli,” Cornish wrote on social media Thursday. “He was my brother and the greatest drummer I’ve ever seen. I’m devastated right now. Rest in peace Dino, I love you brother.”
Danelli, who was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, began his professional life as a jazz drummer, touring with Lionel Hampton and living briefly in New Orleans. He first met Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati in 1963; the latter soon joined Danelli in the house band of a Las Vegas casino, according to Deadline.
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Back in New York in 1965, they formed the Young Rascals, bringing in Gene Cornish on guitar to join Brigati on drums and Brigaliere on keyboards. With “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore”, the band had immediate success. They went on to hit eight Top 20 singles, including the No. 1 hits “Good Lovin'”, “Groovin'”, and “People Got to Be Free”.
After three albums, The Young Rascals changed their name to The Rascals, and as was the fashion at the time, they began experimenting with conceptual themes on their albums. They parted ways bitterly in the 1970s before reuniting several times, according to Deadline.
The founding members gave heartfelt renditions of “Good Lovin'”, “Groovin'”, “How Can I Be Sure” and “People Got To Be Free” upon their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
The Rascals reunited in December 2012 for a live performance titled “The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream”, a multimedia show that featured the group’s history presented through historical footage, narration and dramatic film. The Rascals began touring together again in 2013 after the event was a success, according to Deadline.
With Cornish, Danelli formed the band Bulldog in the 1970s, which released two albums before disbanding. Danelli collaborated on music with Leslie West, Fotomaker and Steven Van Zandt before joining Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul.
In addition to the music, Danelli also designed the album covers for Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul and The Rascals. (ANI)
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