Ronnie James Dio

Ronald James Padavona

Also known as Dio, Dio Ronnie James, Р. Дио, Рони Джеймс Дио, James Dio, R. Dio, R. J. Dio, R. James Dio, R. James Rio, R.Dio, R.J. Dio, R.J.Dio, Ronnie, Ronnie Dio, Ronnie J. Dio, Ronny James Dio
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Discography of Ronnie James Dio:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Elf Albums 19 Audio 1991 Connoisseur Collection
2 Ronnie Dio & The Prophets 10 Audio 1964 Stateside
3 The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword 27 Audio 2011 Universal Music Catalogue
4 The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword 27 Audio 2011 Universal Music Catalogue
5 And Before Elf... There Were Elves 12 Audio 2011 Niji Entertainment Group
6 Will You Love Me Tomorrow 2 Audio 1962 Audiodisc
7 Mr. Misery 2 Audio 1964 Stateside
8 Mr. Misery 2 Audio 1963-11-00 Swan
9 Mr. Misery 2 Audio 1963 Swan
10 Mr. Misery 2 Audio 1963 Swan
11 Che Tristezza Senza Te 2 Audio 1963 Derby
12 Say You're Mine Again 2 Audio 1965 Kapp Records
13 Say You're Mine Again 2 Audio 1965-07-00 Kapp Records
14 Say You're Mine Again 2 Audio 1965-07-00 Kapp Records
15 Say You're Mine Again 2 Audio 1965-07-00 Kapp Records
16 Smiling By Day (Crying By Night) 2 Audio 1965-11-00 Kapp Records
17 Smiling By Day (Crying By Night) 2 Audio 1965-11-00 Kapp Records
18 Walking Alone 2 Audio 1965 Kapp Records
19 Walking Alone 2 Audio 1965 Kapp Records
20 Walking Alone 2 Audio 1965 Kapp Records
21 Walking Alone 2 Audio 1965 Kapp Records
22 Love Is All 2 Audio 1974 Safari Records
23 And Before Elf... There Were Elves 12 Audio 2011 Niji Entertainment Group
24 This Is Your Life 14 Audio 2014-03-31 Rhino Records (2)
25 One Night In Birmingham 11 Audio 1984 Not On Label (Dio (2))
26 This Is Your Life 14 Audio 2014-03-31 Rhino Records (2)
27 King Of Rock 'N' Roll 23 Audio 2004 Vipera
28 This Is Your Life 14 Audio 2014-04-01 Rhino Records (2)
29 The Chris Tetley Interviews 2 Audio 1988 Fotodisk
30 One Wild Night 10 Audio ACS 068
31 The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword 27 Audio 2011 Universal Music Catalogue
32 Crash 4 Audio 1985


Born as Ronald James Padavona in Cortland, NY, on July 10th 1942. Ronnie adopted the surname "Dio" sometime in the early '60's, taking inspiration from mobster Johnny Dio. He is considered one of the greatest heavy metal singers of all time and is known for his fantasy-based lyrics and "sword and sorcery" image.

Ronnie James Dio first began to gain national notice in the '70s when he fronted the rock group [a=Elf (3)], but his career stretched back to the mid '50s when he performed and recorded with local rockabilly, doo wop, and rock and roll groups in his native upstate New York (these recordings, some of which date to the late '50s, are now highly prized collector's items). Elf caught the attention of [a=Deep Purple] and the two groups toured together a number of times in the early '70s ([a=Ian Paice] and [a=Roger Glover] also produced Elf's debut LP). [a=Ritchie Blackmore] recruited most of Elf for his new band, [a=Rainbow] in 1975. Rainbow was the first time that Dio experienced some international stardom and also saw his first steps into the genre of heavy metal. In 1978, after 3 successful studio albums, Dio and Blackmore parted company when Blackmore decided to take Rainbow in a more commerical direction.

The following year, Ronnie joined [a=Black Sabbath], who, at the time, were mired in a creative and commercial slump. The addition of Dio reinvigorated Black Sabbath and their first album together, 1980's "Heaven And Hell", became a major hit. The album allowed Dio to explore darker and heavier territories than he had been able to do in the past and is still cited by the singer as his favorite release of his career. Dio recorded another studio album with the band, but tensions ran high between Ronnie and Sabbath mainstays [a=Tony Iommi] and [a=Geezer Butler]. The situation dissolved completely during the mixing of the live album "Live Evil" (1982) and Dio departed the group, forming his own band, [a=Dio (2)] with Sabbath drummer [a=Vinny Appice].

Dio experienced more success with 1983's "Holy Diver" and 1984's "Last in Line". By the beginning of the 1990s, though, both Black Sabbath's and Dio's careers were in commerical and critical decline. In 1992, Dio rejoined Black Sabbath to record the "Dehumanizer" album. By most accounts, the reunion was an uneasy one and Dio quit the group again when Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler agreed to open a show for original Sabbath frontman [a=Ozzy Osbourne] without consulting their current vocalist. Ronnie resurrected the Dio band and continued on with them for the rest of the decade and beyond.

In 2007, having put their animosities behind them, Iommi and Dio reunited to write three new tunes for a Dio-era Black Sabbath compilation that was being assembled by [l=Rhino Records (2)]. This resulted in a reunion with Butler and Appice for the recording of the new songs and tour to celebrate the compilation's release. Deciding that they only wanted to focus on the Dio-era of the band, the quartet decided to tour under the name [a=Heaven & Hell (2)]. The tour was such a success that Heaven & Hell decided to press forward with new material, recording and releasing a new studio album in 2009.

In late 2009, Ronnie was diagnosed with stomach cancer. On the morning of May 16th, 2010, Ronnie James Dio passed away due to complications to his disease.

He was married to [a=Wendy Dio] who also was his manager.


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