Dino Danieli, the drummer who brought jazzman virtuosity to the Rascals’ rock ‘n’ roll sound, died Thursday, Dec. 15, in New York City, according to his Facebook page and confirmed by his bandmates.

He was 78.

Rascal guitarist Gene Cornish posted on social media: “It is with a broken heart that I have to tell you of the passing of Dino Danelli. “He’s my brother and the best drummer I’ve ever seen. I was very sad at this time.

“Bye Dino. I love you brother.”

Danielle was a Jersey City native who picked up several gigs to form Young Russells before hooking up with Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati and Gene Cornish. The Garfield Band made their debut at the Choo Choo Club in Garfield.

Several of their hits, including “Good Lovin'”, “Groovin'”, “People Free”, “Beautiful Morning” and “How Can I Be Sure”, expanded the rock-pop sound of the era with elements. Use of soul, jazz and complex arrangements and instruments.

E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt saw his band at the old Keyport Roller Drum in 1965. Bruce Springsteen was also in the audience.

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