Monday, May 17, 2010
Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)
Sad news for metal fans everywhere. The Holy Diver, and sometime Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell frontman Ronnie James Dio passed away after a long illness on Sunday, May 16th. With one of the most recognizable growls anywhere, and a series of classic records with bands, going all the way back to Ronnie and the Red Caps recording surf rock in the early 60's, and then with Elf, from 1969 until the early 70's, when he and several band members joined Ritchie Blackmore in the original incarnation of Rainbow. of course, he also toured as bandleader under the name Dio, one of rock's most consistent and hard-edged acts for over 20 years.
Our heartfelt condolences go to Ronnie's family and especially his devoted wife, Wendy. He was one of a kind, and will truly be missed.