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Vocalist, Musician, Songwriter

Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona, July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an 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...Wikipedia

Age: 67 (age at death)
Born: 10th July, 1942, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
Died: 16th May, 2010, Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 4" (163 cm)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Dio, Rainbow, Elf, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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His final studio album with his solo band was 2004's Master of the Moon. His final studio recordings released in his lifetime was the Heaven and Hell album The Devil You Know (which was the only Dio-lineup Sabbath album released under the Heaven and Hell name.).

 

It was on tour last summer with a spin-off version of Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, that Dio revealed he was ill [2009].

 

Music, Rock and Roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have their own music, I had my own in my generation, you have yours, everyone I know has their own generation.

 

I was in [Black] Sabbath at the time. The gesture was a symbol that I thought was reflective of what that band was supposed to be all about. It's NOT the devil's sign like we're here with the devil. It's an Italian thing I got from my Grandmother. It's to ward off the Evil Eye or to give the Evil Eye, depending on which way you do it. It's just a symbol but it had magical incantations and attitudes to it and I felt it worked very well with Sabbath. So I became very noted for it and then everybody else started to pick up on it and away it went. But I would never say I take credit for being the first to do it.

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rn_tracy1_rn - Ronnie James Dio, you left your mark on the music world. You will always be remembered. (1 year ago)
LAWoman1 - Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma recently.
Hopefully his cancer will be easier to cure than Ronnie's.. We miss you Ronnie. (2 years ago)
Mike Mikey - Holy Diver was a pinnacle for me at 15 years old, You intriduced me to heavy metal and I am almost deaf now thanks to rainbow in the dark (4 years ago)
Sweetness - I have been listening to Ronnie James Dio since I was walking!(which is many years!!) I am in shock as I JUST found out!! R.I.P, RJD!!! You will not be forgotten!!! (4 years ago)
Nomi86 - He has such a lovely voice! May he rest in peace!! (4 years ago)
thomas moon - RONNIE JAMES DIO WAS IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE GODFATHER OF METAL NO ONE EVEN COMES CLOSE THE MUSIC WORLD HAS LOST IT`S GREATEST SOUND. RIP /RJD (4 years ago)
yurimay - Dio is still married to Wendy who is his manager. (5 years ago)
ClaireK - I adore him? Isn`t he divorced from Wendy Dio? I know she still acts as his manager, but he said something in a 2005 interview that sounded like they were no longer married. Also, he doesn`t wear a wedding ring anymore. Anyone know for sure? (5 years ago)

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