Dennis Danell

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Dennis Danell
Birth name Dennis Eric Danell
Born (1961-06-24)June 24, 1961
Origin Seattle, Washington US
Died February 29, 2000(2000-02-29) (aged 38)
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). He remained the guitarist for the band until his death, from an apparent brain aneurysm (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.

"I am saddened beyond any possible form of expression," Ness said in a statement. "Dennis and I have been friends since boyhood, starting Social Distortion together while we were in high school. My deepest regrets to his family."

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.

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.

In an interview for the Strung Gurus promotional bio, Danell had said, "I am very excited about Strung Gurus because the music is high energy and commercial, but it does not sound like Social Distortion. The new band allows me to stretch as a songwriter and producer by tackling a sound outside my comfort zone." Rough mixes of four Strung Gurus songs were already in limited circulation and had started a buzz among fans and local journalists impressed with Danell's versatility and writing abilities.