Ronnie James Dio



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Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona, July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He founded/fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. 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/Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore upon hearing him sing, "I felt shivers down my spine." Dio sold over 47 million albums throughout his career.

Age: 67 (age at death)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Dio, Rainbow, Elf, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell


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2014 DIO: Live in London - Hammersmith Apollo Singer
2013 DIO: Finding the Sacred Heart - Live in Philly 1986 Singer
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Dio
1991 Meng xing xue wei ting -
1986 Hear 'n Aid: The Sessions -
2015 ZombieCollege -
2013 Sound City -
2013 Pride & Prejudice & Zombies -
2011 Bad Teacher -
2011 Metal Evolution -
2011 On Track with SEAT -



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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