Ronnie James Dio, RIP
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″