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"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."
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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.


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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:

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His solo career provides the examples of:

  • Break-Up Song: "As Long as It's Not About Love" from Magica.
  • Breather Episode: "This Is Your Life", a soft piano ballad on the otherwise very heavy Angry Machines album.
  • Concept Album: Magica.
  • Darker and Edgier: Strange Highways and Angry Machines have a heavier and more Doom Metal influenced sound than most of his other work, and feature Dio mostly abandoning his usual fantasy thematics for focusing on realistic issues like child abuse ("Give Her the Gun"), divorce ("Don't Tell the Kids"), and mental illness ("Institutional Man"). Dio's vocal style is also significantly harsher.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His doo-wop records from the early-'60s... Enough said.
  • Epic Rocking: He has several songs 6 minutes or longer in length, including "Egypt (The Chains Are On)" (6:57), "Sacred Heart" (6:27), "All the Fools Sailed Away" (7:10), "Between Two Hearts" (6:30), "Lock Up the Wolves" (8:33), "Evil on Queen Street" (6:04), "My Eyes" (6:36), "Strange Highways" (6:54), "Stay Out of My Mind" (7:11), "Eriel" (7:25), "As Long as It's Not About Love" (6:28), "Rock & Roll" (6:11) and "The Eyes" (6:27).
  • "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.
  • Messianic Archetype: According to the man, "Holy Diver" is about one of these.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mostly in the 6-7 range, the odd ballad aside (those are usually a bit lower). A few songs on Strange Highways and Angry Machines get up to an 8, such as "Jesus, Mary and the Holy Ghost".
  • 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". "Don't Talk to Strangers" straddles the line, as it has the soft interwoven with the heavy.
  • Revolving Door Band: His band underwent significant turnover through the years, with Dio himself being the only constant member. The Last in Line and Sacred Heart were the only two conseccutive albums by them that had the same lineup.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Would make extensive use of this, as with a few exceptions virtually all of the backing vocals on his albums are done by him. This also applies to his work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath, along with the The Devil You Know album with Heaven and Hell.
  • Song of Song Titles: "My Eyes", covering his tenures in Rainbow and Black Sabbath as well. The song name-drops "Fallen Off the Edge of the World", "Heaven and Hell", "Stargazer", and "Invisible".
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Another Lie" begins in G minor and modulates a whole step to A minor for the final verse. "Evil on Queen Street" does this twice, starting in D minor, going up a whole step to E minor in the bridge, and then up another half step to F minor for the final verse.
  • 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

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