Ronnie James Dio Born This Day in 1942

Ronnie James Dio Singing and making a fist

From Rolling Stones 2010

‘It wasn’t just his mighty pipes that made him Ronnie James Dio — it was his moral fervor. With Black Sabbath classics like “Heaven and Hell,” or Eighties solo classics like “Holy Diver” and “The Last in Line,” what always stood out was Dio’s raging compassion for the lost rock & roll children in his audience, his fiercely anti-clerical religiosity, his hatred for the kings and queens who blind our eyes and steal our dreams. Dio barely ever sang about women unless he was empathizing with them, as in “Invisible,” where he also empathized with gay teenagers, which was (to say the least) a bold move from a straight rock star in 1983.’

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