Music / Ronnie James Dio
Gaze into the eyes of your new god. Because even dead gods dream.

"Because Dio taught me, in part, what it is to be a man. Oh, he did not teach the rational lessons: He did not teach me morality, or responsibility, or restraint. No, Stanley, he taught me that being a man means sometimes ruining things in the most extravagant fashion possible. Because you can, and because it's awesome."

Born Ronald James Padavona, Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 — May 16, 2010) was a Heavy Metal musician from New Hampshire. He was well known for his powerful singing voice and popularizing "the horns" hand gesture. He worked with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own solo band Dio. Near the end of his life, he handled the vocal duties of a reunited Sabbath, under the name Heaven and Hell.

He unfortunately was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November 2009. He ascended into Rock & Roll Heaven on May 16th, 2010, at 7:45 AM after a long and hard battle.


  • Holy Diver (1983)
  • The Last in Line (1984)
  • Sacred Heart (1985)
  • Dream Evil (1987)
  • Lock Up the Wolves (1990)
  • Strange Highways (1994)
  • Angry Machines (1996)
  • Magica (2000)
  • Killing the Dragon (2002)
  • Master of the Moon (2005)

  • Elf (1972)
  • Carolina County Ball (1974)
  • Trying to Burn the Sun (1975)

  • Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975)
  • Rising (1976)
  • Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978)

Black Sabbath:
  • Heaven and Hell (1980)
  • The Mob Rules (1981)
  • Dehumanizer (1992)

Heaven and Hell:
  • The Devil You Know (2009)


Ronnie James Dio provides examples of:

His solo career provides the examples of:

  • Break-Up Song: "As Long as It's Not About Love" from Magica.
  • Concept Album: Magica.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His doo-wop records from the early-'60s... Enough said.
  • Epic Rocking: "Egypt (The Chains Are On)", "All the Fools Sailed Away", "Lock Up the Wolves", "Strange Highways", "Stay Out of My Mind" and "Eriel".
  • "I Am" Song: "I Am" from Master of the Moon. Also, "I" from Dehumanizer, contributing that page's quote.
  • Instrumentals: "Magica Theme" from Magica and "Annica" from the limited edition of the album.
  • Mascot: The demonic Murray, who is always giving the horns.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mostly in the 6-7 range, the odd ballad aside (those are usually a bit lower).
  • Motifs: Rainbows, magic, eyes and dreams.
  • Nightmare Dreams: Dream Evil's title song and album artwork.
  • Power Ballad: "All the Fools Sailed Away", "This is Your Life" and "As Long as It's Not About Love".
  • Song of Song Titles: "My Eyes", covering his tenures in Rainbow and Black Sabbath as well.
  • Ur-Example: His work (solo and as a member of Rainbow and Black Sabbath) was a huge influence on Power Metal both musically and lyrically, and he's sometimes credited as inventing it, though it tends to differ from most later Power Metal due to being slower and a bit less technically flashy on average.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The man rocked hard. At the expense of his lyrics not making a lick of sense.
    Ride the tiger
    You can see his stripes but you know he's clean
    Oh don't you see what I mean note 
  • The X of Y: Master of the Moon.

Alternative Title(s): Dio