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|Ronnie James Dio|
Dio's high school photo.
|Birth Name||Ronald James Padavona|
|Born||July 10, 1942|
|Died||May 16, 2010|
|Genres||Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal|
|Instrument(s)||Bass, Guitar, Vocals|
|Years active||1957 - 2010|
|Associated acts||Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell|
|Website||Official Webpage of Dio|
Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010) was a musician best known for his tenures with Rainbow, Dio and Black Sabbath. He replaced original Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne (At the suggestion of Sharon Arden of all people.) and recorded two successful albums (Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules) before leaving the band in 1982 to start a solo career.
His later years ended up with him returning to Black Sabbath on two occasions an eventually forming Heaven and Hell with bandmates Iommi, Geezer and Appice, performing new songs and Dio-era Sabbath tunes.