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Elf was an American
The band was formed in 1967 when the members of Ronnie Dio and the Prophets transformed themselves into the Electric Elves and added a keyboard player, Doug Thaler.
In February 1968, the band was involved in an automobile accident which claimed the life of Nick Pantas. The accident forced a shuffling of the band member roles as original keyboardist Thaler moved to guitar (after recovering from his injuries) and the group hired
Elf's self-titled debut album was produced by
Dio both sang and played the bass guitar until, following the release of Elf's first album, Craig Gruber was asked to join as bass guitarist. In August 1973 Feinstein quit the band and was replaced by Steve Edwards. In 1974, Elf released its second album,
Beginning in the late 1980s some of the former members of Elf speculated about a potential reunion of the band; however nothing formal ever took place, and by now three of the band's members have died (Driscoll in 1987, Dio in 2010, and Gruber in 2015).