Friday, 2 December 2022

D Is For Dio.

Continuing with an A to Z of some of my favourite Rock bands. Today I would list Ronnie James Dio for my letter D choice. He sadly is no longer with us having passed away from Cancer in 2010 aged 67. He was born before Heavy Rock/Metal was even invented and use to listen to Classic crooners like Mario Lanza and developed his extensive voice range by listening to his records. Dio performed in Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio. I was fortunate enough to see them play the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in Derbyshire, England in 1987. His voice was so powerful. He's been described as being five foot four tall with an eight foot voice. It's a very accurate description. Here's one of his songs:

18 comments:

  1. You do pick some interesting performers.
    I had never heard of him before so thanks for enlightening me, Dave.

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  2. I love Rock music JayCee. Ronnie James Dio became the lead singer of Birmingham band Black Sabbath when Ozzy Osborne left. He's a Rock legend and I feel privileged to have seen him. Thanks for commenting JayCee.

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  3. Like rock chick JayCee, I had never previously heard of Ronnie Dio but he could bash out a great rock number! I could have sworn that for "D" you'd pick The Dubliners!

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  4. I had never heard of him either...until I listened to one of his songs and realized that I did know his music after all.

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  5. What? Where have you both been? He's an absolute legend. The Dubliners would have been a good choice or the Clancy Brothers last week. Next week is E A super rock band with a WW2 refugee / keyboard wizard born in Todmorden.

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    1. E is indeed a legend. Dio not for me. Now need to think who you might choose for F

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    2. For "E" I know who you are referring to Dave but I will not say for fear of spoiling other visitors' fun!

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    3. Yes Nice answer to my Yorkshire clue YP. Thanks.

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  6. He was born in Portsmouth New Hampshire USA Debby. You must of heard of Heaven and Hell? It's an absolute Rock classic.

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  7. Hi Traveller. Yes E was an easy choice. F will probably be a French Prog band I saw in Germany at Loreley in 2017.

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    1. Can only think of one Frog Prog…sorry couldn’t resist. If it is who I think, an excellent choice. Definite Caravan influences to my ears.

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    2. Frog Prog. You have invented a new Rock genre Traveller. 😊They haven't been going a long time. Thanks again for commenting.

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  8. I know, I know! I know who E is! I knew it from the beginning.

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  9. "Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends."

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  10. Thanks Rachel. It's all subjective when it comes down to the arts.

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  11. That's a very nice voice to listen to.

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