Ronnie James Dio, RIP

by Sean Hackbarth

While I wasn’t a fan, Ronnie James Dio had a big following, and you can tell from 80s hair metal he was very influential to other lead singers.

When reading about Dio dying of cancer I learned that before his own band and fronting Black Sabbath he was lead singer for the Deep Purple off-shoot Rainbow. Take a listen to “Man on a Silver Mountain.” It’s not bad. It’s not over-the-top Dio from “Rainbow in the Dark.”

Speaking of which, here’s the music video Ronnie James is most famous for:

“Metal Icon Ronnie James Dio dead at 67″

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