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 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.

Ronnie James Dio Discography


448 A Ronnie James Dio BBC Rock Hour #448(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength 448 A US 1983 Sell This Version
RSG 83-63 / 83-64 Ronnie James Dio, Billy Idol Ronnie James Dio, Billy Idol - Guest D.J.(3xLP, Promo, Rad) Rolling Stone Magazine Productions RSG 83-63 / 83-64 US 1983 Sell This Version
none Ronnie James Dio King Biscuit Flower Hour - Ronnie James Dio - From Black Sabbath To Dio(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1985 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
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
Ronnie Dio* Mr. Misery (Single) Swan US 1963 Sell This Version
Ronnie Dio* Smiling By Day (Crying By Night) (Single) Kapp Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Ronnie Dio* Say You're Mine Again (Single) Kapp Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Ronnie Dio* Walking Alone (Single) Kapp Records US 1965 Sell This Version
Roger Glover Featuring The Voice Of Ronnie James Dio Roger Glover Featuring The Voice Of Ronnie James Dio - Love Is All Interfusion Australia 1974 Sell This Version
Roger Glover and Guests, John Lawton, Ronnie James Dio Roger Glover and Guests, John Lawton, Ronnie James Dio - Little Chalk Blue (Single) Purple Records 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
SAF.EP1, SAFEP 1430 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)(7", EP) Safari Records, Safari Records SAF.EP1, SAFEP 1430 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version


Ronnie James Dio The Elf Albums (Comp) Connoisseur Collection 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
The Elves (3) Featuring Ronnie James Dio The Elves (3) Featuring Ronnie James Dio - And Before Elf... There Were Elves (Comp) Niji Entertainment Group Germany 2011 Sell This Version
Ronnie James Dio The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword (Album, Comp) Universal Music Catalogue Russia 2011 Sell This Version


PRO-C-6757 Ronnie James Dio DIO/ metal world news sampler(Cass, Ltd, Promo, Smplr) Reprise Records PRO-C-6757 US 1994 Sell This Version