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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 itís 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.

Discography:

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

Rainbow:
  • 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:

  • Breakup Song: "As Long As It's Not About Love" from Magica.
  • Concept Album: Magica
  • 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.
  • Motifs: Rainbows, 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.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: The man rocked hard. At the expense of his lyrics not making a lick of sense.
  • The X of Y: Master of the Moon


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alternative title(s): Dio; Ronnie James Dio; Dio
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