Former Rainbow and Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio died earlier today, aged 67, after a battle with stomach cancer.
The first gig I ever went to was to see his own band, Dio, in 1985 at the legendary Glasgow Apollo.
But even by then, RJD had been making music for more than a quarter of a century.
His first single, with the band Ronnie and the Red Caps, was released in 1958. This one, An Angel Is Missing, is from 1960:
Here’s Rainbow performing The Man On The Silver Mountain and Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll in, I think, Munich in 1977.
Here’s a few of the band’s early, best-known songs. First up, Holy Diver filmed in Utrecht, Holland in 1983:
And finally, the wonderfully cheesy video for their 1985 single Rock ‘n’ Roll Children:
Ronnie James Dio – RIP.