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The Ronnie James Dio Story   

He was the man who sang Love is all for Roger Glover and Guests in 1974.         

Early years, education and musical training

Ronnie James Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Italian-American parents who had moved to Portsmouth from Cortland, New York, where they had grown up, as part of Dio's father's service in the U.S. Army during World War II. The family resided in Portsmouth for only a short time before returning to Cortland. Dio listened to a great deal of opera while growing up, and was influenced vocally by American tenor Mario Lanza. His first and only formal musical training began at age 5 learning to play the trumpet. During high school, Dio played in the school band and was one of the youngest members selected to play in the school's official Dance Band. It was also during high school that Dio formed his first rock-n-roll group, the Vegas Kings (the name would soon change to Ronnie and the Rumblers, and then Ronnie and the Red Caps). Though Dio began his rock-n-roll career on trumpet, he quickly added bass guitar to his skillset once he assumed singing duties for the group.

Dio graduated from Cortland High School in 1960. Though he claimed in a later interview to have been offered a scholarship to the prestigious 

Juilliard School of Music, he did not pursue it due to his continuing interest in rock-n-roll music. Instead, after graduation, he attended the 

University at Buffalo, majoring in Pharmacology. He only attended from 1960 to 1961, and played trumpet in the university's concert band, and did not graduate.

Despite being known for his powerful singing voice, Dio claimed never to have taken any vocal training. Rather, he attributed his singing ability to the use of correct breathing techniques learned while playing trumpet.

Early career

Dio's musical career began in 1957 when several Cortland, New York musicians formed the band, The Vegas Kings. The group's lineup consisted of Dio on bass guitar, Billy DeWolfe on lead vocals, Nick Pantas on guitar, Tom Rogers on drums, and Jack Musci on saxophone.

In 1958, the band again changed their name from Ronnie & The Rumblers to Ronnie and the Redcaps. Musci left the band in 1960, and a new guitarist, Dick Botoff, joined the lineup. The Redcaps released two singles: The first single was "Conquest"/"Lover" with the A-side being an instrumental reminiscent of The Ventures and the B-side featuring DeWolfe on lead vocals. The second single was "An Angel Is Missing"/"What'd I Say" which featured Dio on lead vocals for both tracks.

Explanations vary for how Padavona adopted the stage name "Dio". One story is that Dio was a reference to mafia member Johnny Dio. Another has it that Padavona's grandmother said he had a gift from God and should be called "Dio". ("God" in Italian.) Whatever the inspiration, Padavona first used it on a recording in 1960, when he added it to the band's second release on Seneca. Soon after that the band modified their name to Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. The Prophets lineup lasted for several years, touring throughout the New York region and playing college fraternity parties. They produced one single for Atlantic and one album. Some of the singles (such as "Mr. Misery", released on Swan) were labeled as being by Ronnie Dio as a solo artist even if the rest of the Prophets contributed to the recording. The group released several singles during the following years, until early 1967. Dio continued to use his birth name on any songwriting credits on those releases.

In late 1967 Ronnie Dio and the Prophets transformed into a new band called The Electric Elves and added a keyboard player. Following recovery from a deadly car accident in February 1968 (which killed guitarist Nick Pantas and put Dio and other band members in the hospital briefly), the group shortened its name to The Elves and used that name until mid 1972 when it released its first proper album under the name Elf. The story goes further at The Ronnie James Dio story 2 Elf.

Ronnie and the Redcaps

Year   A-side                             B-side          Note

1958  Conquest                          Lover           Ronnie did not sing the lead vocals                                                                      on any of the tracks                                                                             

1958  Judy I love you                    -              Not released

1960 An Angel is missing           What I´d Say                                             Released as Ronnie Dio and the Redcaps

 

Ronnie Dio and the Prophets

Singles

Year  A-side                                                  B-side            

1962  The Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo                         Love pains

1962  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow        Bad Man In Town           

Not released


1963  Gonna Make It Alone                          Swinging Street

1963  Mr. Misery                                          Our Year

1963  Che Tristezza Senza Te                      Our Year                                   Mr. Misery, in het Italian

1964  Mr. Misery                                          Our Year

1964  Love Potion No.9                                 Love Potion No.9

1965  Say Your Mine Again                          Where You Gonna Run To Girl

1965  Smiling By Day (Crying By Night)       Dear Darling (I Won´t Be                                                                                   Comin´Home)

1965  Walking Alone                                   The Way Of Love

1967  Walking In Different Circles            10 Days With Brenda

 

Albums 

Year  Titel                          

1963   Dio At Domino´s              

On the album cover is, that it´s a "live" recording, but it is not in that sense, it was not recorded during a live concert. Probably it was live in the studio.    

   

The Electric Elves

Year  A-side                        B-side

1967 Hey Look Me Over     It Pays To Advertise

The Elves

Singles

Year  A-side                                      B-side

1969  Walking In Different Circles   She´s Not The Same

1970  Amber Velvet                           West Virginia

 

Year Titel                                Note

1971  Live At The Beacon         Bootleg

So far this first part of the Ronnie James Dio Story

We go further with the next one The Ronnie James Dio story 2 Elf   


Official Website

                                                                      

ronniejamesdiosite.com/Ronnie&TheRedcaps  

alohacriticon.com/ronnie-dio-and-the-prophets 

ultimateclassicrock.com/elf-and-before-elf-there-were-elves  

 

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