Micky Lee Soule

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Micky Lee Soule
Born (1946-06-06) June 6, 1946 (age 70)
Cortland, New York, U.S.
Origin New York, U.S.
Instruments Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
Associated acts Elf, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Ian Gillan Band, Roger Glover

Micky Lee Soule (June 6, 1946 in Cortland, New York) is an American musician. He was the keyboard player for New York hard rock band Elf and a founding member of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.[1]

Soule had a band in the mid-1960s until he was drafted into the army. After his honorable discharge he joined The Elves after the band's original keyboardist, Doug Thaler, was severely injured in a car accident that killed guitarist, Nick Pantas. In the first years of the 1970s, The Elves (after 1972 known simply as Elf) enjoyed minor success as a consistent opening act for Deep Purple. That connection to Deep Purple opened up the opportunity for Soule (and vocalist Ronnie James Dio) to participate in Roger Glover's 1974 concept album The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast. In addition to co-writing credits on two songs, Soule also sang the lead vocals on the song "No Solution". Soule and Glover would work together sporadically in the years following.

In early 1975, Soule and the rest of Elf (minus guitarist Steve Edwards) transformed into Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, featuring Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. During this time the third and final Elf album, Trying to Burn the Sun, was recorded when the former Elf were not in the studio recording Rainbow's debut album. Elf had effectively dissolved by the time that album was released as the members hoped to continue with Blackmore. However, following the recording of the Rainbow album, Blackmore gradually fired the entire line up with the exception of Dio before Rainbow had begun to tour.

In 1976 Soule toured France with the Ian Gillan Band.[2]

Soule continues to play locally in New York. One "Mickey Lee Soul" (sic) is credited as keyboard tech in the liner notes of Deep Purple's album Live at the Olympia '96.[3]


With Elf

With Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

With Ian Gillan Band

  • 2003 - Rarities 1975-1977