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Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona, July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), was an American rock and heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with, among others, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear 'n Aid. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in metal culture. Before his death, he was collaborating on a project with former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Vinny Appice, under the moniker Heaven & Hell, whose only studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009. Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, CA. One of the last songs he recorded was titled "Metal Will Never Die". Ronnie James Dio has sold over 47 million copies of albums with all of the bands he has worked with.

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Jul 10, 1942 In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Dio Super Rock Live Tokyo 1985
Latest Project:
Movie Dio: Live in London - Hammersmith Apollo 1993 2014-05-12
Known For
Poster of Dio: [1998] Inferno in Sofia
Poster of South Park
Poster of Dio: [1996] Las Vegas, Nevada
Poster of Dio - Super Rock '85 in Japan
Movie Dio - Live In Tokyo Japan Super Rock Festival 1985 2020
Movie Dio Super Rock Live Tokyo 1985 2020
Movie Dio: Live in London - Hammersmith Apollo 1993 Vocals 2014-05-12
Movie DIO Finding The Sacred Heart - Live In Philly 1986 Vocals 2013-05-27
Movie Heaven & Hell - Neon Nights - 30 Years Of Heaven And Hell Self / Vocals 2010-01-01
Movie Iron Maiden: Flight 666 Himself 2009-04-21
Movie Dio: At Tokyo Super Rock Festival Himself 2009-03-11
Movie Heaven and Hell: Live from Radio City Music Hall Ronni James Dio 2007-08-28
Movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Himself 2006-11-22
Movie Dio: Holy Diver Live Vocals 2006-04-17
Movie Dio - We Rock Himself 2005-08-05
Movie Metal: A Headbanger's Journey Himself 2005-09-14
Movie Dio: Evil or Divine Himself - Vocals 2003-07-01
Movie Inside Black Sabbath 1970-1992 Himself 2002-12-10
Movie Dio: [1998] Inferno in Sofia Vox 1998-09-20
Series South Park Unknown 1997-08-13
Movie Dio: [1996] Las Vegas, Nevada Vox 1996-11-12
Movie Black Sabbath: [1992] Beacon Theater, NY Vox 1992-10-14
Movie Black Sabbath: [1992] Live in Rio - Dehumanizer Tour Vox 1992-06-30
Movie Black Sabbath: [1992] Monsters of Rock Italy Vox 1992-09-12
Movie Hear 'n Aid: The Sessions Himself 1986-01-01
Movie Dio - Super Rock '85 in Japan Vox 1985-08-10
Movie Live Aid 1985-07-13
Movie Dio - A Special from the Spectrum Self / Vocalist 1984-12-31
Movie Black and Blue Himself (Black Sabbath) 1981-10-01