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Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona, July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He fronted numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band, Dio. 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 and according to Rainbow/Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore upon hearing him sing, "I felt shivers down my spine." Dio sold over 47 million albums throughout his career.




Birth Name

Ronald James Padavona


Vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, trumpet, french horn

Years active


Date Born

Friday, July 10, 1942

City Born

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, US

Date Died

Sunday, May 16, 2010


67 (at time of death)

Born 77 years ago.

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