Dino Danelli, Founding Drummer Of The Rascals, Dies At 78

Dino Danelli, the founding drummer for The Rascals, died Thursday. He was 78.

“It is with a broken heart that I must tell you of the passing of Dino Danelli,” wrote Rascals guitarist Gene Cornish, per Individuals. “He was my brother and the greatest drummer I’ve ever seen. I am devastated at this moment. Rest in Peace Dino I love you brother.”

Danelli’s demise was confirmed by Joe Russo, a good friend and archivist of the band. He wrote on Fb that Danelli’s “primary challenges” have been coronary artery illness and congestive coronary heart failure. His well being began to say no in 2017, Russo stated.

Danelli was born and raised in Jersey Metropolis, New Jersey, in response to Rolling Stone. He drummed for jazz acts and gigged round New York, Las Vegas and New Orleans earlier than forming The Younger Rascals in 1965 with Cornish, Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati.

Their self-titled debut album the next 12 months was licensed Gold by the RIAA and coincided with their first No. 1 tune, a rendition of “Good Lovin’” by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick. The Younger Rascals’ second No. 1 tune, “Groovin,’” got here out one 12 months later.

The Rascals broke up in 1971, however later reunited.

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“To know Dino, you must understand that art was his life,” Russo wrote. “Art, music and film consumed his mind and his heart. He was an insomniac, sometimes staying awake for days, because he was always writing, reading, painting, drawing, watching films.”

The Rascals excised the “Young” from their title in 1968 and located continued success with their “Once Upon a Dream” album and quite a few Prime 40 songs. The band broke up in 1971 and Danelli and Cornish shaped Bulldog, which cut up in 1975.

Danelli joined a number of bands all through the Nineteen Eighties, together with Fotomaker and Steven Van Zandt’s Disciples of Soul. He designed the quilt for the latter’s 1987 album, “Freedom — No Compromise.”

“He was the epitome of ‘cool’ and never ceased to impress me with his seemingly endless reservoir of ideas and approaches,” Russo wrote. “The word ‘artist’ is so commonly used…but let me assure you Dino Danelli possessed…a set of skills as profound as any of the great artists you’ve ever read about.”

The Rascals toured collectively in 1988 and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 1997. They formally reunited in 2012 and launched “The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream,” a musical manufacturing that chronicled the band’s historical past.

"Once Upon a Dream" chronicled The Rascals' story.
“Once Upon a Dream” chronicled The Rascals’ story.

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That nostalgic manufacturing was finally canceled after a couple of years, breaking apart The Rascals as soon as once more.

“Dino was acutely disappointed about the abrupt conclusion of the Rascals’ triumphant ‘Once Upon A Dream’ reunion at the end of 2013,” wrote Russo. “He asked me to assist him in various approaches, and I did, but it was not to be…[and] his artistic spirit began to drift away.”

Pals together with Van Zandt, Billy Joel and Paul Stanley paid tribute to the musician after his demise: