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Ronnie James Dio (by Wendy Dio) – ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’

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For this episode of ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ we sat down with Ronnie James Dio’s widow, Wendy Dio, so she could prove and disprove what’s written about her late husband on Wikipedia.

It would have been one of our great joys to do this segment with Ronnie, but since Wendy Dio knows the legendary singer better than anyone, there’s nobody on earth who can better expound on Ronnie’s life. Wendy immediately impressed us with her knowledge of Ronnie’s early life. She knew all about Ronnie learning to play trumpet at age five, adding that Dio’s father made him practice two hours a day to master the instrument.

The tale of how Ronald James Padavona got his stage name is widely varied, from potentially being inspired by mobster Johnny Dio or Ronnie’s grandmother suggesting the name because he “had a gift from God” in his voice. Wendy sets the record straight once and for all in this clip.

Wendy also revealed she has an interesting story about Johnny Dio in an autobiography Ronnie was writing before he died. Ronnie got up to his Rainbow years with his story and although it was too difficult for many years, Wendy is ready to pick up where Ronnie left off, aiming to finish the metal icon’s official memoir.

Get ready for Wendy Dio to set the record straight about Ronnie James Dio in the latest edition of ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ in the video above.

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