Ronnie James Dio, born Ronald James Padavona, founded and fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the “metal horns” hand gesture in metal culture and is known for his medieval themed lyrics. Dio possessed a powerful versatile vocal range capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads. According to Rainbow and Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore upon hearing him sing, “I felt shivers down my spine.” Dio’s career spanned over fifty years and sold over 47 million albums. Dio died at age 67 on May 16, 2010 of metastasized stomach cancer.
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