Ronnie James Dio

by John J. Miller on May 17, 2010 · 4 comments

in Explore the Vault

  • Sumo

The heavy-metal vocalist has died. The man possessed a great set of pipes. As a teenager, I enjoyed his music and a number of his songs seem to hold up well: “Holy Diver,” “The Last In Line,” and (probably my favorite nowadays) “Mystery.”

This was during a period when I listened to a lot of heavy metal. I can’t think about that time without thinking about Iron Maiden, which I wrote about here.

  • Bram

    I was dragged to a Dio concert in 1984. I didn’t really know many of his songs. Just sat in the stands and was blown away by one amazing song after the another.

    As we were leaving I stupidly said “Wow, that guy can really sing.”

  • Ron Reposh

    I enjoyed Ronnie Dio as a teenager as well. However, since Ronnie was only a couple of years older than I, that was in his “minor-league” days as frontman for “Ronnie Dio and the Prophets,” a quasi house band at a joint in Endicott, NY, called (I think) The Tradewinds. The band was good, and Ronnie was great. People used to say that he would make the big time someday. R.I.P.

  • Douglas Stanley Jr.

    John, thanks for the “Angel is Missing” link @ NRO. I was always amazed that RJD had such a long career, longer than almost any other rock act save Chuck Berry. The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin weren’t cutting doo-wop records in the 50’s, after all. Ronnie was. And he evolved from that to 60’s rock, to southern rock, to heavy metal. The guy WAS a real life Spinal Tap in many ways. And to you guys that think his 80’s stuff was his best work, go buy Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell, and Mob Rules; two of the fines metal albums ever cut, and certainly better than anything Ozzy Osbourne ever did with the band.

  • Dio’s best song ever was with Black Sabbath (during the Wilderness Years). The group didn’t produce much of note during on the two albums with Dio, but a nifty diddy that goes unnoticed is “Country Girl.” Its got an epic fantasy feel to it, but is as catchy as a ten-second jingle. The riff is amazing, and Dio’s vocals make the song.

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