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ELF (1970–75). Ronnie James Dio (vocals/bass), David Feinstein (guitar), Mickey Lee Sould (guitar/keyboards), Gary Driscoll (drums). Elf was one of the early bands that future Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio singer Ronnie James Dio toiled in before he hit the limelight. The band started in 1970 and played a lighter, more progressive sound than Dio would later pioneer with Rainbow, Sabbath, and eventually Dio. The band consisted of Dio (who also played bass) as well as keyboard/guitarist Read more [...]
Deep Purple


DEEP PURPLE (1968–PRESENT). Classic lineup: Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboards), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums). One of the first wave of classic heavy rock bands (along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) to find massive commercial success with heavy music, Deep Purple were unique in their prominent use of keyboards, and related to this, in their incorporation of classical elements in their songwriting, which would later prove to be influential in Read more [...]
Tommy Bolin


TOMMY BOLIN (1951–76). One of the greatest losses of the 1970s was the passing of guitarist Tommy Bolin, not so much due to what he had accomplished in his musical career, so much as what it seemed he was about to accomplish. Beginning his career with the band Zephyr in the early seventies, the young, charismatic guitarist began playing fusion as well as rock in the band Energy, and as a result, came to the attention of superstar drummer Billy Cobham (of the Mahavishnu Orchestra), who tapped Read more [...]