Ronnie James Dio

Born: July 10, 1949
Portsmouth, NH, USA

Ronnie James Dio was born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and was raised in upstate New York. Fantasy literature and music were always of interest to Dio. Witches, wizards and gnomes are recurring themes in his music. His first band was started in 1957, and after going through several name changes, they finally decided on Ronnie and the Red Caps. By this time, Dio already knew how to play the trumpet and the bass guitar, and was developing an excellent and instantly recognizable singing style. By the time he was finished with his education and decided to concentrate on a music career, the name had changed to Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. The Prophets broke up on 1967 when Dio and another member left to form The Electric Elves. After another name change to The Elves, they disbanded. However, Ronnie and two of the bandmates from The Elves went on to form Elf. This incarnation went on for four years and several lineup changes, until the members changed the name to Rainbow in 1975. Rainbow enjoyed marginal success, but things really heated up for Dio when he left the band in 1978. Black Sabbath had just fired frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and Dio was eventually hired to replace him. He stayed with Sabbath through a couple of years and albums, until leaving to form his own group. Dio has been together since, with a short break while Ronnie reunited with Black Sabbath again. Dio still puts on an excellent show, and still produces killer albums.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Vocals Songwriter Producer

Heavy Metal

Bands That Ronnie James Dio Has Played For:
Dio Rainbow Black Sabbath Elf

Ronnie James Dio Has Worked With:
Vivian Campbell Ritchie Blackmore Geezer Butler Tony Iommi Vinny Appice Jimmy Bain Claude Schnell Craig Goldie John Miceli Bob Daisley

Artists That Were Influenced By Ronnie James Dio:
Ann Boleyn Roman Glick Paul Sabu
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