Dennis Danell

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Dennis Danell
Birth name Dennis Eric Danell
Born (1961-06-24)June 24, 1961
Origin Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died February 29, 2000(2000-02-29) (aged 38)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Genres Punk rock, punk blues, cowpunk, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, bassist, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1978–2000
Labels 13th Floor Records, Posh Boy Records, Restless, Epic, Time Bomb
Associated acts Social Distortion

Dennis Eric Danell (June 24, 1961 – February 29, 2000) was the founding guitarist for the Southern California punk rock band Social Distortion.

Danell formed Social Distortion in 1979 with frontman Mike Ness while attending high school together. Originally the group's bassist, Danell switched to guitar after some band defections, and helped define the group's signature jangle on such albums as Mommy's Little Monster (1983), Prison Bound (1988), Social Distortion (1990), Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992) and White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996).[citation needed]

He remained the guitarist for the band until his untimely death on Leap Day, 2000. Danell, at the young age of 38, died from a heart attack which will always be shrouded in mystery. His official cause of death from the Orange County Coroner’s Office lists his death as “ Idiopathic Dialated Cardiomyopathy.” (Mike Ness stated on the DVD commentary of Another State of Mind that Dennis died from a heart condition), at his Costa Mesa, California home at the age of 38, while in the process of moving to his new home in Newport Beach.[citation needed]

After Social Distortion went on hiatus following the release of Live at the Roxy in 1998, Danell produced numerous local bands at the group's recording studio, Casbah, in Fullerton, California. His production credits included Fanmail (BEC Records), Value Pac (Four Door Entertainment), Fraidy Cats (Bulletproof Records), The Deluxtone Rockets (Tooth & Nail Records), and Rock Star Barbecue, the debut artist on Danell's new independent label, Masterpiece Records. By 2000, Danell was quickly becoming a much sought-after producer in the Orange County area.[citation needed]

Danell also started a new side band called Strung Gurus, with Michael Knott of the Orange County band, Aunt Betty's (formerly on Elektra). Danell produced, co-wrote and played guitar for them, whilst working on their first full-length album. The Strung Gurus debut, to be the second release on Masterpiece Records, was nearly completed.[citation needed]