December 20, 2012 – 2:12 pm

DINO DANELLI R.I.P. 1944 - 2022

Drummer Dino Danelli, an original member of 1960s New Jersey rock group The Rascals, has died on December 15 from coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure at a rehabilitation facility in Manhattan after a period of declining health. He was 78. His death was confirmed by Rascals archivist and friend Joe Russo on Danelli’s Facebook page, where Russo wrote, “To know Dino, you must understand that art was his life. 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. He was beyond private and for someone who many consider one of the greatest drummers of all time, humble to a fault.”

Russo said the drummer who manned the kit for the Rascals from 1965-1971 - and also performed with E Street Band member and solo rocker “Little” Steven Van Zandt’s Disciples of Soul from 1982-1984 - was the “most private person I knew.” Russo wrote that Danelli was “acutely disappointed” about the “abrupt” conclusion of the Rascals’ 2013 “Once Upon a Dream” reunion tour and he noted that after it fell apart the timekeeper was “almost obsessed” with trying to find a way to “keep the ball rolling” as his health began to decline.

“When this project attempt failed, it seemed Dino’s intense artistic spirit began to drift away,” Russo wrote of the musician who was born in Jersey City on July 23, 1944 and formed the Young Rascals with singer Eddie Brigati, keyboardist Felix Cavaliere and guitarist Gene Cornish in 1964. “He was the epitome of ‘cool’ and never ceased to impress me with his seemingly endless reservoir of ideas and approaches,” Russo said of his friend and collaborator. “The word ‘artist’ is so commonly used to describe even the slightest level of self expression, but let me assure you Dino Danelli possessed a mindset, a creative philosophy and a set of skills as profound as any of the great artists you’ve ever read about.”

Van Zandt also paid tribute, tweeting, “RIP Dino Danelli. One of the greatest drummers of all time.” -

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Port Chester 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, NY; December 15, 2012. Very good audience recording.

In September the group announced that The Rascals’ original lineup of Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli would reunite for their first public performances in over 40 years with “Once Upon A Dream,” a combination concert/theatrical event produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman. In addition to the concert experience, the history of The Rascals, and the history of the ‘60’s through their music, will be dramaticized by a combination of narration, filmed scenes of actors acting out key moments in the band’s history, news footage, and archival footage of the band.

Thanks to the person who recorded the show and to davmar77 who shared it at Dime.

This is what Dave wrote:

Here’s an extra special treat. The original lineup of the rascals. Aside from a one off benefit show done in a small club a couple of years back [Tribeca Grill, New York, April 24, 2010], the group performed this past weekend at the new reopened Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY with three shows for the first time in 40 years. Another three are scheduled for this coming weekend. I wasn’t able to make this one unfortunately but a good friend did so we can thank him for bringing this great show to us all.

They do all of the songs you’d want to hear and more. From what I understand and can hear on the recording, the show is broken up with pre-recorded film comments and live onstage talking about the old days. None of the pre-recorded material is officially released and was put together just for these concerts.

Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote:

“Once Upon a Dream” tells the happy part of the [Rascals] story, with nuggets like turning down the chance to be produced by Phil Spector, and being skeptical about spoken words in pop songs - long before hip-hop - when recording “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” which had spoken verses, in 1964.

But the narrative sensibly makes way for the music, and while the band is augmented by a few backup singers and musicians, the Rascals don’t hide behind them. Mr. Cornish’s guitar retains its garage-rock aggression, though he also tossed off jazzy chords and, in “Sueño,” flamenco lines. Mr. Danelli’s beats sound heftier through modern equipment, and Mr. Cavaliere’s voice is still exultant. Mr. Brigati had to strain at times, but even then, the songs carried him toward standing ovations.

The show doesn’t dwell on why the Rascals fractured for 40 years; it leaves the on-screen actors to mention drugs, lawsuits and unhelpful management. “Once Upon a Dream” is ’60s nostalgia with a wistful smile and the Rascals’ perpetually upbeat messages. Its finale is “See,” the title song from a 1969 Rascals album, with a big soul backbeat and a twangy guitar riff as the band sings, “Things ain’t like they used to be/Love’s the only thing I see.”

Tascam DR-07 portable digital recorder (24 bit) with built-in mics.
Transferred (16 bit) in real time to CDR on a Sony CDRW-33 standalone burner > EAC > Wave > traders little helper > flac

Illustration posted at socialnetworkradiostation.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. (Dialogue) (1.7MB)
Track 102. It’s Wonderful (3.8MB)
Track 103. I’ve Been Lonely Too Long (4.6MB)
Track 104. What Is The Reason (3.4MB)
Track 105. (Dialogue) (1.8MB)
Track 106. You Better Run (4.8MB)
Track 107. (Dialogue) (1.5MB)
Track 108. Carry Me Back (4.0MB)
Track 109. (Dialogue) (3.5MB)
Track 110. Slow Down (6.7MB)
Track 111. (Dialogue) (774k)
Track 112. Mickeys Monkey/(Dialogue)/Turn on Your Lovelight/Mickey’s Monkey reprise (6.6MB)
Track 113. (Dialogue) (1.1MB)
Track 114. Come On Up (5.3MB)
Track 115. (Dialogue) (1.9MB)
Track 116. Baby Let’s Wait (4.9MB)
Track 117. (Dialogue) (1.5MB)
Track 118. Too Many Fish In the Sea (3.6MB)
Track 119. (Dialogue) (1.2MB)
Track 120. If You Knew If I Knew You (1.5MB)
Track 121. Hold On (5.1MB)
Track 122. (Dialogue) (2.0MB)
Track 123. I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore (4.4MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. (Dialogue)/Good Lovin’ (4.2MB)
Track 202. (Dialogue) (1.0MB)
Track 203. Love Is A Beautiful Thing (4.0MB)
Track 204. Groovin’ (4.4MB)
Track 205. Do You Feel It (5.0MB)
Track 206. (Dialogue) (991k)
Track 207. Away, Away (4.8MB)
Track 208. It’s A Beautiful Morning (4.3MB)
Track 209. Sueno (4.1MB)
Track 210. Find Somebody (6.3MB)
Track 211. A Girl Like You (4.9MB)
Track 212. (Dialogue) (1.5MB)
Track 213. It’s Love (4.4MB)
Track 214. How Can I Be Sure (5.4MB)
Track 215. (Dialogue) (1.1MB)
Track 216. People Got To Be Free/(Dialogue) (4.5MB)
Track 217. Heaven (6.7MB)
Track 218. (Dialogue) (3.5MB)
Track 219. A Ray Of Hope (5.2MB)
Track 220. (Dialogue) (2.0MB)
Track 221. People Got To Be Free (reprise) (1.3MB)
Track 222. (Thanks to the producers, etc) (2.6MB)
Track 223. See (8.1MB)

The band:
Eddie Brigati - vocals
Felix Cavaliere - keyboard, vocals
Gene Cornish - guitar
Dino Danelli - drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “THE RASCALS - PORT CHESTER 2012 [DINO DANELLI R.I.P. 1944 - 2022]”

  2. From what I can tell, this sounds pretty good. Thanks BigO! I can always delete dialogue later if I want, using Audacity’s free software.

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 20, 2012

  3. A comment from then, in response to BigO offering the Tribeca Grill concert:…My only wish is that they had also included the non-hit “Carry Me Back”, who knows, maybe at the next reunion in 2049? By SkyPie on May 6, 2010.
    SkyPie, if you’re still out there, your wish has been granted! And 37 years earlier than you expected!

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 20, 2012

  4. Track 120 is actually “If You Knew.”

    Thanks for the show!!

    By loophole54 on Dec 20, 2012

  5. Thank you so very much for posting this show. Coincidentally a buddy of mine and I were talking the other night about how we wished we could have seen one of these shows.

    Thanks Big O (and everybody else responsible) for giving us a chance to be there.

    By mackdaddyg on Dec 21, 2012

  6. Hello loophole54

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 21, 2012

  7. What a great show! So cool to hear the band get into some deep catalog tracks besides all of the obvious hits. They never sounded better!
    Thanks Big O!

    By Ernie Clark on Dec 21, 2012

  8. I couldn`t believe they did Sueno.
    It was on the flip side of the Groovin` 45 record all those years ago.

    By sluggo on Dec 21, 2012

  9. Please let there be an official DVD of this thing!

    By Tom on Dec 25, 2012

  10. perfect, thx

    By notorius on Dec 25, 2012

  11. Steve Van Zandt did a Kickstarter for the reunion shows, and people who donated at least $50 are supposed to get a DVD around March, but it’s estimated and not set in stone. The Rolling Stones kind of took the attention that week, but I’m sure the moment Little Steven knows, he’ll put the word out.

    By Danny on Jan 9, 2013

  12. Thank you, BigO!

    By sdw0418 on Jan 14, 2023

  13. Why is it impossible to download as well as access the blog from my pc the last few months .Keep getting weird messages whenever I click on the site .No problems with smart phone . I’ve tried Firefox and google chrome.

    By Tom on Jan 17, 2023

  14. Rumor has it This was a band of Lil Uns

    By U L E on Jan 18, 2023

  15. With Dino being the Lilst Un

    By U L E on Jan 18, 2023

  16. But still not Liler than my Lil Un

    By U L E on Jan 18, 2023

  17. Sometimes I get access to your site (not a secure connection) and now when I do access the site I’m not allowed to download (again not a secure connection)
    Iwas trying to download the Rascals recordings

    By ziggy on Jan 19, 2023

  18. Oh ziggy, what can we do?

    By Θήο on Jan 20, 2023

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