Ronnie James Dio

Real Name:
Ronald James Padavona
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Born as Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 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 commercial 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.
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Albums

LONG 8 Ronnie James Dio - Trying To Burn The Sun album art ELF (3) featuring Ronnie James Dio ELF (3) featuring Ronnie James Dio - Trying To Burn The Sun(LP, Album, RE) Safari Records LONG 8 UK 1984 Sell This Version
822 366-4 Ronnie James Dio - We Rock ✫ The Last In Line album art Dio* We Rock ✫ The Last In Line(Cass) Vertigo 822 366-4 South Korea 1984 Sell This Version
none Ronnie James Dio - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Ronnie James Dio King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1985 Sell This Version
HNECD050 Ronnie James Dio - Elf album art 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 James Dio - Will You Love Me Tomorrow album art Ronnie Dio* Will You Love Me Tomorrow(Acetate, 7", Single) Not On Label none US 1962 Sell This Version
S-4165 Ronnie James Dio - Mr. Misery album art Ronnie Dio* Mr. Misery (Single) Swan S-4165 US 1963 Sell This Version
K-725 Ronnie James Dio - Smiling By Day (Crying By Night) album art Ronnie Dio* Smiling By Day (Crying By Night) (Single) Kapp Records K-725 US 1965 Sell This Version
K 770 Ronnie James Dio - The Way Of Love / Walking Alone album art Ronnie Dio* The Way Of Love / Walking Alone (Single) Kapp Records K 770 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
K-697 Ronnie James Dio - Say You're Mine Again album art Ronnie Dio* Say You're Mine Again (Single) Kapp Records K-697 US 1965 Sell This Version
K7135 Ronnie James Dio - Love Is All album art Roger Glover Featuring The Voice Of Ronnie James Dio Roger Glover Featuring The Voice Of Ronnie James Dio - Love Is All (Single) Safari Records K7135 Australia 1974 Sell This Version
SAFEP 1430 Ronnie James Dio - Love Is All (EP) album art Roger Glover's Butterfly Ball* Featuring: Ronnie James Dio, John Lawton Roger Glover's Butterfly Ball* Featuring: Ronnie James Dio, John Lawton - Love Is All (EP) (EP) Safari Records, Safari Records SAFEP 1430 Belgium 1974 Sell This Version
PUR 128 Ronnie James Dio - Little Chalk Blue album art Roger Glover and Guests, John Lawton, Ronnie James Dio Roger Glover and Guests, John Lawton, Ronnie James Dio - Little Chalk Blue (Single) Purple Records PUR 128 UK 1975 Sell This Version
none Ronnie James Dio - Stand Up And Shout (Live) / Balls To The Wall (Live) album art Ronnie James Dio / Accept Ronnie James Dio / Accept - Stand Up And Shout (Live) / Balls To The Wall (Live)(Flexi, 7", S/Sided) Crash (12), Phonogram, RCA none 1985 Sell This Version
R1 545741 Ronnie James Dio - Stand Up And Shout For Cancer album art Dio & Friends / Dio (2) Featuring Ronnie James Dio Dio & Friends / Dio (2) Featuring Ronnie James Dio - Stand Up And Shout For Cancer(12", EP, Comp, Ltd, Pic) Rhino Records (2) R1 545741 US 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

RSG 83-63 / 83-64 Ronnie James Dio - Guest D.J. album art Ronnie James Dio / Billy Idol Ronnie James Dio / Billy Idol - Guest D.J.(3xLP, Comp, Transcription) Rolling Stone Magazine Productions RSG 83-63 / 83-64 US 1983 Sell This Version
VSOP CD 167 Ronnie James Dio - The Elf Albums album art Ronnie James Dio The Elf Albums (Comp) Connoisseur Collection VSOP CD 167 UK 1991 Sell This Version
FMQBMD981 Ronnie James Dio - FMQB Metal Detector album art Various, Ronnie James Dio Various, Ronnie James Dio - FMQB Metal Detector(CD, Comp, Promo) Friday Morning Quarterback FMQBMD981 US 1998 Sell This Version
982 040-4 Ronnie James Dio - We Rock - Greatest Hits album art Ronnie James Dio We Rock - Greatest Hits(CD, Comp, 2CD) Universal Music AB 982 040-4 Sweden 2004 Sell This Version
4605026709379 Ronnie James Dio - The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword album art Ronnie James Dio The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword (Album, Comp) Universal Music Catalogue 4605026709379 Russia 2011 Sell This Version
none Ronnie James Dio - And Before Elf... There Were Elves album art 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
LONG CD 78 Ronnie James Dio - The Gargantuan Elf Album album art Ronnie James Dio And Elf (3) Ronnie James Dio And Elf (3) - The Gargantuan Elf Album(CD, Comp) Safari Records LONG CD 78 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

PRO-C-6757 Ronnie James Dio - DIO / Metal World News Sampler album art Ronnie James Dio DIO / Metal World News Sampler(Cass, Ltd, Promo, Smplr) Reprise Records PRO-C-6757 US 1994 Sell This Version