Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio

Real Name:
Ronald James Padavona
Born as Ronald James Padavona in Cortland, NY, on July 10th 1942. Ronnie adopted the surname "Dio" sometime in the early '60's, taking inspiration from mobster Johnny Dio. He is considered one of the greatest heavy metal singers of all time and is known for his fantasy-based lyrics and "sword and sorcery" image.

Ronnie James Dio first began to gain national notice in the '70s when he fronted the rock group ELF (3), but his career stretched back to the mid '50s when he performed and recorded with local rockabilly, doo wop, and rock and roll groups in his native upstate New York (these recordings, some of which date to the late '50s, are now highly prized collector's items). Elf caught the attention of Deep Purple and the two groups toured together a number of times in the early '70s (Ian Paice and Roger Glover also produced Elf's debut LP). Ritchie Blackmore recruited most of Elf for his new band, Rainbow in 1975. Rainbow was the first time that Dio experienced some international stardom and also saw his first steps into the genre of heavy metal. In 1978, after 3 successful studio albums, Dio and Blackmore parted company when Blackmore decided to take Rainbow in a more commerical direction.

The following year, Ronnie joined Black Sabbath, who, at the time, were mired in a creative and commercial slump. The addition of Dio reinvigorated Black Sabbath and their first album together, 1980's "Heaven And Hell", became a major hit. The album allowed Dio to explore darker and heavier territories than he had been able to do in the past and is still cited by the singer as his favorite release of his career. Dio recorded another studio album with the band, but tensions ran high between Ronnie and Sabbath mainstays Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler. The situation dissolved completely during the mixing of the live album "Live Evil" (1982) and Dio departed the group, forming his own band, Dio (2) with Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice.

Dio experienced more success with 1983's "Holy Diver" and 1984's "Last in Line". By the beginning of the 1990s, though, both Black Sabbath's and Dio's careers were in commerical and critical decline. In 1992, Dio rejoined Black Sabbath to record the "Dehumanizer" album. By most accounts, the reunion was an uneasy one and Dio quit the group again when Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler agreed to open a show for original Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne without consulting their current vocalist. Ronnie resurrected the Dio band and continued on with them for the rest of the decade and beyond.

In 2007, having put their animosities behind them, Iommi and Dio reunited to write three new tunes for a Dio-era Black Sabbath compilation that was being assembled by Rhino Records (2). This resulted in a reunion with Butler and Appice for the recording of the new songs and tour to celebrate the compilation's release. Deciding that they only wanted to focus on the Dio-era of the band, the quartet decided to tour under the name Heaven & Hell (2). The tour was such a success that Heaven & Hell decided to press forward with new material, recording and releasing a new studio album in 2009.

In late 2009, Ronnie was diagnosed with stomach cancer. On the morning of May 16th, 2010, Ronnie James Dio passed away due to complications to his disease.

He was married to Wendy Dio who also was his manager.

Ronnie James Dio Discography


35-ESS.21 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie Dio & The Prophets(LP) Stateside 35-ESS.21 US 1964 Sell This Version
0349-79045-1 Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life (Comp) Rhino Records (2) 0349-79045-1 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
HNECD050 Elf (3) Featuring Ronnie James Dio Elf (3) Featuring Ronnie James Dio - Elf(CD, Album, RE, RM) Hear No Evil Recordings HNECD050 Europe 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Ronnie Dio* Will You Love Me Tomorrow(Acetate, 7", Single) Audiodisc none US 1962 Sell This Version
DB 5084 Ronnie Dio* Mr. Misery (Single) Swan DB 5084 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
K-725 Ronnie Dio* Smiling By Day (Crying By Night) (Single) Kapp Records K-725 US 1965 Sell This Version
697 Ronnie Dio* Say You're Mine Again (Single) Kapp Records 697 US 1965 Sell This Version
770 Ronnie Dio* Walking Alone (Single) Kapp Records 770 US 1965 Sell This Version
K7135 Roger Glover Featuring The Voice Of Ronnie James Dio Roger Glover Featuring The Voice Of Ronnie James Dio - Love Is All(7") Safari Records K7135 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
PUR 128 Roger Glover and Guests, John Lawton, Ronnie James Dio Roger Glover and Guests, John Lawton, Ronnie James Dio - Little Chalk Blue(7", Single) Purple Records PUR 128 UK 1975 Sell This Version
none Ronnie James Dio, Accept Ronnie James Dio, Accept - Crash(Flexi, 7") Phonogram, RCA none UK 1985 Sell This Version


VSOP CD 167 Ronnie James Dio The Elf Albums (Comp) Connoisseur Collection VSOP CD 167 UK 1991 Sell This Version
VSOP CD 167 Ronnie James Dio The Elf Albums(CD, Comp) Connoisseur Collection VSOP CD 167 UK 1991 Sell This Version
982 040-4 Ronnie James Dio We Rock - Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, 2CD) Universal Music AB 982 040-4 Sweden 2004 Sell This Version
none The Elves (3) Featuring Ronnie James Dio The Elves (3) Featuring Ronnie James Dio - And Before Elf... There Were Elves (Comp) Niji Entertainment Group none Germany 2011 Sell This Version
4605026709379 Ronnie James Dio The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword (Album, Comp) Universal Music Catalogue 4605026709379 Russia 2011 Sell This Version
WPCR-15630 Ronnie James Dio This Is Your Life(CD, Comp, Dig) Rhino Records (2), Warner Music WPCR-15630 Japan 2014 Sell This Version