What is Ronnie James Dio famous for

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio's musical career spanned five decades, during which he enjoyed success in various bands - including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Heaven And Hell. He replaced Ozzy Osbourne at Black Sabbath and various albums in which he was involved in the composition are considered metal classics. Countless singers call him their role model.

Ronnie James Dio was born under the name Ronald James Padavona in 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and played the trumpet and bass from the age of five. He was active in his first band The Vegas Kings from 1957 and appeared from 1960 under his well-known stage name Ronnie James Dio. His band was renamed several times with changing members and eventually released singles under the name Ronnie Dio And The Prophets for a few years.

After a few changes in the line-up, Dio changed the band name again to The Electric Elves in 1967 and the sound was changed from pop to rock. When Deep Purple's Ian Paice and Roger Glover attended one of their concerts, they offered to produce the band's debut album. ELF was released in 1972 and under the same name Elf supported Deep Purple on their US tour. Eleven released other albums, with Ronnie James Dio now exclusively a singer.

Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple showed increased musical interest in Ronnie James Dio and after leaving Deep Purple he convinced him to start a joint project called Rainbow. With this Dio recorded several albums, including classics like RAINBOW RISING and LIVE ON STAGE. In late 1978, Ronnie James Dio split from Rainbow due to different musical ideas and soon joined Black Sabbath as a replacement for Ozzy Osbourne. He was involved in the albums HEAVEN AND HELL and MOB RULES, but left again in 1982.

In the same year Ronnie James Dio founded his own band Dio, which played a musical mixture of Rainbow and Black Sabbath: dynamic hard rock and metal with mystical lyrics. Classics such as HOLY DIVER, THE LAST IN LINE and DREAM EVIL were created.

In 2008 Ronnie James Dio went on tour again with his ex-Black Sabbath colleagues under the name Heaven And Hell, in 2009 their only album THE DEVIL YOU KNOW was released. During this time, Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer, of which he died on May 16, 2010.