A To Z Anthology Fun Facts & Video- Dio- Holy Diver
What an amazing singer Ronnie James Dio was. Standing only 5’4, was incredible the range his voice had. We definitely lost a great one too soon to Cancer. Here’s some music facts and the Holy Diver video……Enjoy!
- Dio is Ronnie James Dio, the replacement vocalist for Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and the original lead singer in the band Rainbow. His solo career was far less successful than Ozzy’s, and there was some animosity between the two, but when Dio died of cancer on May 16, 2010, Ozzy released a statement saying: “I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices.”
- This song was featured in an episode of South Park where Dio (in crude cartoon form) appears performing at an elementary school dance with a monkey on drums. In the same NME interview, Dio said: “When I heard South Park wanted to use ‘Holy Diver‚’ I was like No way! You’re gonna completely destroy me, I’ll be so embarrassed to see it. But they said they wouldn’t because they were big fans and they didn’t. They were very kind to me – not so much the drummer – but very kind to me! Plus, if you want to be an icon of some kind, you have to be in an episode of South Park.”
- This was covered, ironically, by Gospel singer Pat Boone on his In a Metal Mood album. Acknowledging the subject matter, the song ends with Pat reciting Psalm 23:4. Dio sang backup vocals this – he thought it was hilarious
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Dio- Holy Diver