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Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio is one of heavy metal’s most legendary lead vocalists, and undoubtedly its most well-traveled, having fronted no less than three classic bands, including the one that took his last name. Ronald James Padavona was born to sing on July 10, 1942, and his amazing trajectory took him from late ‘50s doo woo groups, through ‘60s British Invasion and psychedelia, until detouring into the boogie-woogie-driven classic rock of his early ‘70s rock band, Elf. But Dio’s big break arrived in 1975, when he was hired to front Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow for a trio of seminal studio LPs. He then replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath for a pair of equally lauded efforts. Come 1983, Ronnie was finally prepared to strike out on his own with Dio, and the band he recruited, featuring guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain, drummer Vinnie Appice and keyboardist Claude Schnell, soon became a top concert draw, thanks to stellar albums like ‘Holy Diver’ and ‘The Last in Line.’ Dio’s popularity began to wane towards the end of decade, as a succession of lead guitarists (Craig Goldy, Rowan Robertson) passed through the group’s ranks, and Ronnie eventually put the band on ice for a couple of years to rejoin Black Sabbath for the ‘Dehumanizer’ album and tour. But this reunion, too, proved short-lived and typically acrimonious, so by 1993 Dio — the band — had been revived with the help of guitarist Tracy G, former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and the ever-dependable Appice. Over the ensuing decade, the group would record and tour in support of five well-received studio albums (weathering the occasional musician change up along the way), until Ronnie was lured back into the Sabbath fold yet again, this time under the Heaven & Hell moniker. After hitting the road to the delight of longtime fans, Heaven & Hell recorded three new songs for 2007’s ‘Black Sabbath: The Dio Years’ compilation, and then topped that with a complete album of new material in 2009’s ‘The Devil You Know.’ Tragically, Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer later that same year, and would eventually pass away on May 16, 2010 — but not before leaving behind one of the most impressive legacies in heavy metal history.

Selected Discography: ‘Rainbow Rising’ (1976), ‘Heaven and Hell’ (1980), ‘Holy Diver’ (1983), ‘The Last in Line’ (1984) Related Artists: Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Vivian Campbell, Vinnie Appice Further Reading: Amazing Ronnie James Dio Vocal Performances Read More: Ronnie James Dio News

Ronnie James Dio Tribute Weekend Musicians and Celebrities Announced

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More details have been revealed about the celebration planned to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio.

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You Think You Know Ronnie James Dio?

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How well do you know the late great Ronnie James Dio? Dig into his history here.

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Tenacious D + Wendy Dio Comment on Grammy Win for Cover of Ronnie James Dio’s ‘The Last in Line’

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Tenacious D and Wendy Dio have weighed in on what the Best Metal Performance Grammy means in saluting the late Ronnie James Dio.

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2015 Grammys: Tenacious D Win Best Metal Performance Award for Dio ‘Last in Line’ Cover

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Voters for the "prestigious" awards ceremony have bypassed legit metal bands to award the Best Metal Performance trophy to comedy act Tenacious D.

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Ronnie James Dio Tribute Weekend Scheduled for Fifth Anniversary of His Death

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To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Dio’s death, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is planning a weekend tribute for the vocalist.

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Ronnie James Dio’s Cancer Fund Receives $20K Check From 2014 Getaway Rock Fest Concert Goers

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Fans attending the Sweden's Getaway Rock Festival last August were responsible for raising over $20 for Ronnie James Dio's Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

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‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Sung in the Style of Ronnie James Dio, Meshuggah + More

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In the latest 'Ten Second Songs' video, Anthony Vincent mimics the styles of Ronnie James Dio + Meshuggah for 'All I Want for Christmas is You.'

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Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Donates $100,000 For Gastric Cancer Research

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The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has stepped up once again with a $100,000 donation to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.

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Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Donates $100,000 to Houston Cancer Center

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The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund has made a significant donation to the Houston Cancer Center.

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Ronnie James Dio’s Son Dan Padavona Releases Debut Horror Novel ‘Storberry’

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Ronnie James Dio's son Dan Padavona has penned his debut horror novel, 'Storberry,' which is available now.

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