Gary Driscoll (1946 - June 1987) was an AmericanR&B style rock drummer who performed in a number of successful bands from the 1960s until his violent death in June 1987.
He first entered the music scene when he joined Ronnie Dio and The Prophets in June 1965, fronted by Ronnie James Dio. The band transformed into The Electric Elves, The Elves, and finally Elf in 1969, releasing a few singles along the way. They were eventually discovered by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover who went on to produce at least two of Elf's three studio albums.
Driscoll was sacked from Rainbow shortly after their debut album was recorded. It is said[by whom?] that his firing was simply due to his R&B style of drumming, which did not sit well with Blackmore. Driscoll was replaced with veteran hard rocker Cozy Powell.
After his departure from Rainbow, Driscoll played in the bands Dakota (1978–1980, from Scranton, Pa. formally the Jerry Kelly Band), before starting Bible Black with Craig Gruber, future Blue Cheer guitarist Duck McDonald and singer Jeff Fenholt. This band released the albums Ground Zero and, with a few other musicians, Thrasher, neither of which sold well. Driscoll found a day job, and made a little extra money on the side as a session musician.
He was discovered murdered in the home of a friend in Ithaca, New York in June 1987 at the age of 41. His brutal murder remains unsolved with no apparent motive, although it is rumored to have been drug related. The man initially arrested for the crime was acquitted at trial. There have been leads in the case, and the person of interest has fled the country.