Washington [US]December 18 (ANI): Rock band ‘Rascals’ soul Dino Danelli, who was the band’s drummer in the 1960s, has died at the age of 78.
According to Deadline, a US-based news outlet, details were scant about what happened, where and when. However, a representative for the band, Joe Russo, claimed on Danelli’s Facebook page that the drummer had previously required angioplasty due to coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.
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Gene Cornish, the guitarist in his band, paid tribute to Danelli on Facebook. “It is with a broken heart that I have to tell you about the passing of Dino Danieli,” Cornish wrote Thursday on social media. “He was my brother and the best drummer I’ve ever seen. I’m devastated right now. Rest in peace Dino, I love you bro.”
Danelli, who was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, began his professional existence as a jazz drummer, touring with Lionel Hampton and briefly living in New Orleans. He first met Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati in 1963. The latter soon joined Danelli in a Las Vegas casino band, according to Deadline.
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When they returned to 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 group was an instant smash. They went on to score 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, began experimenting with conceptual themes on their albums. They split acrimoniously in the 1970s before getting back together several times, according to Deadline.
The founding members performed heartfelt renditions of “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “How Can I Be Sure” and “People Got To Be Free” during 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 spectacle that showcased the group’s history through historical footage, narration and dramatic film clips. The Rascals began touring together again in 2013 following the success of the event, according to Deadline.
Along with Cornish, Danelli formed the band Bulldog in the 1970s, which released two albums before breaking up. 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. (A I)
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