Ronnie James Dio

(Ronald James Padavona)

Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
  • Born: July 10, 1942
  • Died: May 16, 2010
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer

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Ronald James Padavona, known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter, and musician. He fronted and/or founded 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 was known for his medieval-themed lyrics. Dio possessed a powerful, versatile vocal range, and was capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads.

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I always wanted to be a basketball player.
I've never taken vocal lessons. My early trumpet training and a fortunate talent for singing has always been enough for me. In the case of rock singing, I've always felt it was better to remain a bit untrained to maintain your individuality.
Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I've learned in my own life. Life
Music, Rock and Roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have their own music, I had my own in my generation, you have yours, everyone I know has their own generation. Music, Chants & Rapps
My childhood was safe and sane. No abuse and no traumas. I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Saddam's fate should be in the hands of his country men. They were the major victims of his brutal reign and should decide his life, death, or permanent imprisonment. Personally, I would lock him away forever. Life ;Death
The best subjects are always people, who never fail to amaze me by their unpredictability.
The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances, and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree. Sounds like real life doesn't it? Life ;Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
You can't tell young people what to do. You can't tell 'em because they'll look at you and say, 'Well, how can you tell me not to do that when you were there doing it yourself?' Or supposedly were doing it yourself. I think you must let everyone live their life the way they have to. Life