Ronnie James Dio

Born 10 July 1942. Died 16 May 2010.


Ronnie James Dio (born Ronaldo Padavona, July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an Italian American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band, Dio. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in metal culture and is known for his medieval themed lyrics. Dio possessed a powerful versatile vocal range capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads and according to Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore upon hearing him sing, "I felt shivers down my spine." Dio sold over 47 million albums throughout his career.

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  1. Review of Mightier Than the Sword – The Ronnie James Dio Story

    Mightier Than the Sword – The Ronnie James Dio Story 2011

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    A neat summation of a singular vision, the likes of which we will not see again.
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