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Rock Legend Ronnie James Dio Dies Aged 67

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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:

When Former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow in 1975, he hired Ronnie James Dio as lead singer. Dio’s previous band, Elf, had supported Deep Purple on tour for several years.

Here’s Rainbow performing The Man On The Silver Mountain and Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll in, I think, Munich in 1977.

Dio left Rainbow due to musical differences in 1978 and took over as singer with Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne was sacked in 1979.

Here are recordings of RJD performing Paranoid and Iron Man with the band in 1980:

Dio and then Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice quit the band in 1982 to form Dio, along with guitarist Vivian Campbell and bassist Jimmy Bain.

Here’s a few of the band’s early, best-known songs. First up, Holy Diver filmed in Utrecht, Holland in 1983:

Next up, The Last in Line, filmed at The Spectrum (presumably the one in Philadelphia) in 1984:

And finally, the wonderfully cheesy video for their 1985 single Rock ‘n’ Roll Children:

Ronnie James Dio – RIP.

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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Roger Daltrey – Under A Raging Moon

When I first heard this song, Under A Raging Moon by Roger Daltrey, I was blown away by it.

Although I was aware of The Who, it was this song (I still have the 12-inch single somewhere) that really inspired me to find out more about the band and their music.

The song comes from Daltrey’s 1985 album of the same name, released as a tribute to The Who’s drummer Keith Moon, who had died of a drug overdose seven years earlier.

Big Country‘s Mark Brzezicki played the drums on all the songs on the album but on this track he was joined by some of the leading drummers of the day to provide their own tribute to Moon. They were: Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), Roger Taylor (Queen), Cozy Powell (Rainbow/Whitesnake/Black Sabbath), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Zak Starkey (son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who would later play with The Who and Oasis) and Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia).

Incidentally, the song was co-written, believe it or not, by John Parr, best known for his 1985 hit St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion), the theme song from the Brat Pack movie.

Here is a live performance of the song from some time around 1985 (although the drum parts appear to be on a backing tape):

And here, as a bonus, is the original album version:


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