Ronnie James Dio’s voice was silenced five years ago, but his legacy lives on through the recordings made during his lifetime. His solo career followed stints in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Black Sabbath. It was very difficult to make this Ultimate Mixtape because there are so many great songs, but rules are rules.
- Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
- That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
- Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixed songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
- Live albums are a great way to sneak additional songs into the mix. Can you imagine a Dio Ultimate Mixtape without “Rainbow in the Dark” and “Holy Diver”? Me neither.
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JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition
- “Rainbow in the Dark” (Holy Diver, 1983)
- “We Rock” (The Last in Line, 1984)
- “Another Lie” (Sacred Heart, 1985)
- “Time To Burn” (Intermission, 1986)
- “Overlove” (Dream Evil, 1987)
- “Night Music” (Lock Up the Wolves, 1990)
- “Hide in the Rainbow” (Diamonds: The Best Of Dio, 1992)
- “Pain” (Strange Highways, 1993)
- “This is Your Life” (Angry Machines, 1996)
- “Holy Diver” (Inferno: The Last In Live, 1998)
- “Fever Dreams” (Magica, 2000)
- “Killing the Dragon” (Killing the Dragon, 2002)
- “In Dreams” (Master Of The Moon, 2004)
- “The Last in Line” (Evil Or Divine: Live in New York City, 2005)
Of course, Ronnie James Dio did much more in his career than just Dio. He also sang with Elf, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and made several guest appearances on friends’ records. Below is just a small sampling of those projects. Explore more of Ronnie’s career at dio.net.
- Ronnie and the Red Caps (with RJD) “Lover” (7” single, B-side of “Conquest,” 1958)
- Elf (with RJD) “Annie New Orleans” (Carolina County Ball, 1974)
- Roger Glover (featuring RJD) “Love Is All” (The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast, 1974)
- Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (with RJD) “Man on the Silver Mountain” (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, 1975)
- Black Sabbath (with RJD) “The Mob Rules” (Mob Rules, 1981)
- Heaven (featuring RJD) “Where Angels Fear To Tread” (Where Angels Fear to Tread, 1983)
- Hear ‘n Aid (featuring RJD) “Stars” (Hear ‘N Aid, 1985)
- Eddie Ojeda (featuring RJD) “Tonight” (Axes 2 Axes, 2005)
- Queensrÿche (featuring RJD) “The Chase” (Operation: Mindcrime II, 2006)
- Heaven and Hell (with RJD) “Eating the Cannibals” (The Devil You Know, 2009)
What’s missing? What is on your Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition that is not on mine?
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It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when we lost the heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio. On May 16, 2010, he succumbed to stomach cancer.
At the time of Ronnie’s passing, I was still hosting the Hard Rock Nights radio program and had the opportunity to speak with some musicians that had worked with him. You can hear those interviews below:
Finally, remember the music of Ronnie James Dio with three of my favorite songs featuring his voice…