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Formed: 1982 (32 years ago)
Split: 2010 (4 years ago)


Biography

The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

He was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in upstate New York and once said that he would have preferred playing for the Yankees to a life in rock music. He started his career with local bands such as the Vegas Kings. Ronnie first achieved recognition singing with his own band Elf. Deep Purple’s Roger Glover and Ian Paice spotted ... Read more

The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

He was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in upstate New York and once said that he would have preferred playing for the Yankees to a life in rock music. He started his career with local bands such as the Vegas Kings. Ronnie first achieved recognition singing with his own band Elf. Deep Purple’s Roger Glover and Ian Paice spotted him in 1972, and Elf then supported Deep Purple on several world tours. Ronnie later sang on Roger’s famed solo project “The Butterfly Ball” in 1974 and then joined Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. His career took off in 1975 when he joined Rainbow. “With a guy who played guitar like Ritchie…and had this dark demeanor, it was perfect for me to get into a place where I could start writing darker and heavier things that I always wanted to do,” he commented in 2007. With his pioneering classical metal work in Rainbow, as well as his vocal pyrotechnics on three Black Sabbath monoliths (Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules and Live Evil), Ronnie used word and rhythm to seduce his way into the center ring during metal’s thriving heyday.

His first DIO solo offering, Holy Diver, was a brilliant display of melody and might that married Ronnie’s immense vocal, lyrical and compositional acumen with the talents of a band chosen with almost Machiavellian insight.

Holy Diver quickly established the singer’s hypnotizing skill for delivering messages that pierced the wild heart of the metal generation. Due to a wellspring of strength built from childhood struggles, Ronnie learned to soar with words, writing anthems to overcoming, paeans to personal power, and overtures to outcasts, all with a verve that stressed independence in the face of dark forces.

Many of Dio’s most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including “Heaven and Hell”, which would later become the moniker of the revived version of Black Sabbath that Ronnie fronted from 2006 up until his death. He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in such songs as “Neon Knights”, “Killing the Dragon” and “Stargazer”.

In 1986, Dio organized “Hear N’ Aid”, an all-star charity collaboration to raise money for famine relief in Africa. “He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy and had a heart to match it,” commented Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band has toured with Dio since 1983, told the Associated Press.

Ronnie continued his charitable work, supporting Children of the Night, a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing children from prostitution, and various animal charities. He also had the honor of having a street named after him in his home town of Cortland, New York (Dio Way).

So there you have it, forty-plus years of Dio domination, much of it a commercial smash, all of it thoughtful and painstakingly creative. Ronnie reminds us that an album is forever – that each one is a document carved in time, to be studied and enjoyed by generations of listeners.

The Dio canon is now regarded as above and beyond trend, one of the few hallowed metal collections composing the very definition of “classic rock”. As Ronnie once proclaimed, “Long Live Rock and Roll”. The Man on the Silver Mountain has left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Discography:

Tournado – Eagle Records 2009

The Devil You Know (Heaven and Hell)
– Rhino/Roadrunner 2009
Heaven and Hell Live Radio City Music Hall (CD/DVD) – Rhino 2007

Black Sabbath: The Dio Years – Rhino 2007
Master of the Moon – SPV/Sanctuary 2004
Sacred Heart (DVD) – Rhino 2004
Stand Up and Shout – Rhino 2003
Evil Or Divine (DVD) – Spitfire 2003
Killing the Dragon – Spitfire 2002
The Very Beast of Dio –
Rhino/Warner Bros. 2000
Magica – Spitfire 2000
Inferno/Last in Live – Mayhem 1998
Angry Machines – Mayhem 1996
Strange Highways – Reprise 1994
Dehumanizer (Black Sabbath) –
Reprise 1992
Lock Up the Wolves – Reprise 1990
Dream Evil – Warner Bros. 1987
Intermission – Warner Bros. 1986
Sacred Heart – Warner Bros. 1985
Hear N Aid – Warner Bros. 1985
The Last in Line – Warner Bros. 1984
Holy Diver – Warner Bros. 1983
Live Evil (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1982
Best of Rainbow – Polydor 1981
Mob Rules (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1981
Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1980
Long Live Rock N Roll (Rainbow) –
Polydor 1978
On Stage (Rainbow) –
Oyster/Polydor 1977
Rising (Rainbow) – Oyster/Polydor 1976
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow –
Oyster/Polydor 1975
Trying to Burn the Sun (Elf) –
MGM 1975
L.A./59 (Elf) – MGM 1974
Elf – Epic 1972

Accomplishments:

• Voted #1 and #3 on VH1’s “100 Most Metal Moments”
• MTV animated Series “Leatherwulf”, 29 Episodes featuring the gods of metal (Ronnie James Dio and others to be announced)
• Merchandise dolls in the works
• Voted #1 Greatest Heavy Metal Singer, The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal, 2003
• A street, Dio Way in Cortland, NY named for and dedicated to Ronnie, December 1988.
• Received the Children of the Night Philanthropist Award, November 1988.
• Performance Outstanding Stage Set, 1985
• Hit Parader Vocalist of the Year, 1985
• Manchester Apollo Sold Out Award, 1987
• Ampex Golden Reel Awards for Holy Diver, The Last in Line, and Sacred Heart
• Various platinum and gold records
• Concrete Foundations’ Dave Prichard Humanitarian Award, 1991
• Classic Rock Metal Guru Award, 2006
• Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award, 2007
• Inducted into Hollywood Rock Walk, 2007.
• Revolver Golden Gods Liquid Metal Best Vocalist Award, 2010
• Kerrang Icon Award, 2010.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

He was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in upstate New York and once said that he would have preferred playing for the Yankees to a life in rock music. He started his career with local bands such as the Vegas Kings. Ronnie first achieved recognition singing with his own band Elf. Deep Purple’s Roger Glover and Ian Paice spotted him in 1972, and Elf then supported Deep Purple on several world tours. Ronnie later sang on Roger’s famed solo project “The Butterfly Ball” in 1974 and then joined Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. His career took off in 1975 when he joined Rainbow. “With a guy who played guitar like Ritchie…and had this dark demeanor, it was perfect for me to get into a place where I could start writing darker and heavier things that I always wanted to do,” he commented in 2007. With his pioneering classical metal work in Rainbow, as well as his vocal pyrotechnics on three Black Sabbath monoliths (Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules and Live Evil), Ronnie used word and rhythm to seduce his way into the center ring during metal’s thriving heyday.

His first DIO solo offering, Holy Diver, was a brilliant display of melody and might that married Ronnie’s immense vocal, lyrical and compositional acumen with the talents of a band chosen with almost Machiavellian insight.

Holy Diver quickly established the singer’s hypnotizing skill for delivering messages that pierced the wild heart of the metal generation. Due to a wellspring of strength built from childhood struggles, Ronnie learned to soar with words, writing anthems to overcoming, paeans to personal power, and overtures to outcasts, all with a verve that stressed independence in the face of dark forces.

Many of Dio’s most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including “Heaven and Hell”, which would later become the moniker of the revived version of Black Sabbath that Ronnie fronted from 2006 up until his death. He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in such songs as “Neon Knights”, “Killing the Dragon” and “Stargazer”.

In 1986, Dio organized “Hear N’ Aid”, an all-star charity collaboration to raise money for famine relief in Africa. “He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy and had a heart to match it,” commented Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band has toured with Dio since 1983, told the Associated Press.

Ronnie continued his charitable work, supporting Children of the Night, a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing children from prostitution, and various animal charities. He also had the honor of having a street named after him in his home town of Cortland, New York (Dio Way).

So there you have it, forty-plus years of Dio domination, much of it a commercial smash, all of it thoughtful and painstakingly creative. Ronnie reminds us that an album is forever – that each one is a document carved in time, to be studied and enjoyed by generations of listeners.

The Dio canon is now regarded as above and beyond trend, one of the few hallowed metal collections composing the very definition of “classic rock”. As Ronnie once proclaimed, “Long Live Rock and Roll”. The Man on the Silver Mountain has left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Discography:

Tournado – Eagle Records 2009

The Devil You Know (Heaven and Hell)
– Rhino/Roadrunner 2009
Heaven and Hell Live Radio City Music Hall (CD/DVD) – Rhino 2007

Black Sabbath: The Dio Years – Rhino 2007
Master of the Moon – SPV/Sanctuary 2004
Sacred Heart (DVD) – Rhino 2004
Stand Up and Shout – Rhino 2003
Evil Or Divine (DVD) – Spitfire 2003
Killing the Dragon – Spitfire 2002
The Very Beast of Dio –
Rhino/Warner Bros. 2000
Magica – Spitfire 2000
Inferno/Last in Live – Mayhem 1998
Angry Machines – Mayhem 1996
Strange Highways – Reprise 1994
Dehumanizer (Black Sabbath) –
Reprise 1992
Lock Up the Wolves – Reprise 1990
Dream Evil – Warner Bros. 1987
Intermission – Warner Bros. 1986
Sacred Heart – Warner Bros. 1985
Hear N Aid – Warner Bros. 1985
The Last in Line – Warner Bros. 1984
Holy Diver – Warner Bros. 1983
Live Evil (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1982
Best of Rainbow – Polydor 1981
Mob Rules (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1981
Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1980
Long Live Rock N Roll (Rainbow) –
Polydor 1978
On Stage (Rainbow) –
Oyster/Polydor 1977
Rising (Rainbow) – Oyster/Polydor 1976
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow –
Oyster/Polydor 1975
Trying to Burn the Sun (Elf) –
MGM 1975
L.A./59 (Elf) – MGM 1974
Elf – Epic 1972

Accomplishments:

• Voted #1 and #3 on VH1’s “100 Most Metal Moments”
• MTV animated Series “Leatherwulf”, 29 Episodes featuring the gods of metal (Ronnie James Dio and others to be announced)
• Merchandise dolls in the works
• Voted #1 Greatest Heavy Metal Singer, The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal, 2003
• A street, Dio Way in Cortland, NY named for and dedicated to Ronnie, December 1988.
• Received the Children of the Night Philanthropist Award, November 1988.
• Performance Outstanding Stage Set, 1985
• Hit Parader Vocalist of the Year, 1985
• Manchester Apollo Sold Out Award, 1987
• Ampex Golden Reel Awards for Holy Diver, The Last in Line, and Sacred Heart
• Various platinum and gold records
• Concrete Foundations’ Dave Prichard Humanitarian Award, 1991
• Classic Rock Metal Guru Award, 2006
• Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award, 2007
• Inducted into Hollywood Rock Walk, 2007.
• Revolver Golden Gods Liquid Metal Best Vocalist Award, 2010
• Kerrang Icon Award, 2010.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

He was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in upstate New York and once said that he would have preferred playing for the Yankees to a life in rock music. He started his career with local bands such as the Vegas Kings. Ronnie first achieved recognition singing with his own band Elf. Deep Purple’s Roger Glover and Ian Paice spotted him in 1972, and Elf then supported Deep Purple on several world tours. Ronnie later sang on Roger’s famed solo project “The Butterfly Ball” in 1974 and then joined Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. His career took off in 1975 when he joined Rainbow. “With a guy who played guitar like Ritchie…and had this dark demeanor, it was perfect for me to get into a place where I could start writing darker and heavier things that I always wanted to do,” he commented in 2007. With his pioneering classical metal work in Rainbow, as well as his vocal pyrotechnics on three Black Sabbath monoliths (Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules and Live Evil), Ronnie used word and rhythm to seduce his way into the center ring during metal’s thriving heyday.

His first DIO solo offering, Holy Diver, was a brilliant display of melody and might that married Ronnie’s immense vocal, lyrical and compositional acumen with the talents of a band chosen with almost Machiavellian insight.

Holy Diver quickly established the singer’s hypnotizing skill for delivering messages that pierced the wild heart of the metal generation. Due to a wellspring of strength built from childhood struggles, Ronnie learned to soar with words, writing anthems to overcoming, paeans to personal power, and overtures to outcasts, all with a verve that stressed independence in the face of dark forces.

Many of Dio’s most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including “Heaven and Hell”, which would later become the moniker of the revived version of Black Sabbath that Ronnie fronted from 2006 up until his death. He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in such songs as “Neon Knights”, “Killing the Dragon” and “Stargazer”.

In 1986, Dio organized “Hear N’ Aid”, an all-star charity collaboration to raise money for famine relief in Africa. “He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy and had a heart to match it,” commented Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band has toured with Dio since 1983, told the Associated Press.

Ronnie continued his charitable work, supporting Children of the Night, a nonprofit organization committed to rescuing children from prostitution, and various animal charities. He also had the honor of having a street named after him in his home town of Cortland, New York (Dio Way).

So there you have it, forty-plus years of Dio domination, much of it a commercial smash, all of it thoughtful and painstakingly creative. Ronnie reminds us that an album is forever – that each one is a document carved in time, to be studied and enjoyed by generations of listeners.

The Dio canon is now regarded as above and beyond trend, one of the few hallowed metal collections composing the very definition of “classic rock”. As Ronnie once proclaimed, “Long Live Rock and Roll”. The Man on the Silver Mountain has left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten.

Discography:

Tournado – Eagle Records 2009

The Devil You Know (Heaven and Hell)
– Rhino/Roadrunner 2009
Heaven and Hell Live Radio City Music Hall (CD/DVD) – Rhino 2007

Black Sabbath: The Dio Years – Rhino 2007
Master of the Moon – SPV/Sanctuary 2004
Sacred Heart (DVD) – Rhino 2004
Stand Up and Shout – Rhino 2003
Evil Or Divine (DVD) – Spitfire 2003
Killing the Dragon – Spitfire 2002
The Very Beast of Dio –
Rhino/Warner Bros. 2000
Magica – Spitfire 2000
Inferno/Last in Live – Mayhem 1998
Angry Machines – Mayhem 1996
Strange Highways – Reprise 1994
Dehumanizer (Black Sabbath) –
Reprise 1992
Lock Up the Wolves – Reprise 1990
Dream Evil – Warner Bros. 1987
Intermission – Warner Bros. 1986
Sacred Heart – Warner Bros. 1985
Hear N Aid – Warner Bros. 1985
The Last in Line – Warner Bros. 1984
Holy Diver – Warner Bros. 1983
Live Evil (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1982
Best of Rainbow – Polydor 1981
Mob Rules (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1981
Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath) –
Warner Bros. 1980
Long Live Rock N Roll (Rainbow) –
Polydor 1978
On Stage (Rainbow) –
Oyster/Polydor 1977
Rising (Rainbow) – Oyster/Polydor 1976
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow –
Oyster/Polydor 1975
Trying to Burn the Sun (Elf) –
MGM 1975
L.A./59 (Elf) – MGM 1974
Elf – Epic 1972

Accomplishments:

• Voted #1 and #3 on VH1’s “100 Most Metal Moments”
• MTV animated Series “Leatherwulf”, 29 Episodes featuring the gods of metal (Ronnie James Dio and others to be announced)
• Merchandise dolls in the works
• Voted #1 Greatest Heavy Metal Singer, The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal, 2003
• A street, Dio Way in Cortland, NY named for and dedicated to Ronnie, December 1988.
• Received the Children of the Night Philanthropist Award, November 1988.
• Performance Outstanding Stage Set, 1985
• Hit Parader Vocalist of the Year, 1985
• Manchester Apollo Sold Out Award, 1987
• Ampex Golden Reel Awards for Holy Diver, The Last in Line, and Sacred Heart
• Various platinum and gold records
• Concrete Foundations’ Dave Prichard Humanitarian Award, 1991
• Classic Rock Metal Guru Award, 2006
• Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award, 2007
• Inducted into Hollywood Rock Walk, 2007.
• Revolver Golden Gods Liquid Metal Best Vocalist Award, 2010
• Kerrang Icon Award, 2010.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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