Ronnie James Dio – July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010

Ronnie James Dio, a pioneer of Heavy Metal, and undoubtedly one of the greatest male vocalists ever. Unless you’re a metal fan, sadly, you probably won’t have heard of him. Perhaps though, you know some of the bands he sang with – Black Sabbath? Rainbow? Deep Purple? Queensryche? Perhaps you’ve heard of some of the bands and singers he has influenced – Metallica? Iron Maiden? His vocal style is synonymous with metal, he is credited with the creation of the fist pumping devil horns hand gesture, and a number of his albums are rightly regarded as classics, and not just by metal fans and critics. A strong voice was backed up by a wide array of musical talents – his ability on guitar, trumpet, and keyboards are well-known. The man behind the stage persona though remained wise and humble – a constant feature in charitable organizations. Dio will forever be remembered as a hero within the Heavy Metal community.

RIP

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