I had already posted a Musical Monday for today when I heard about the death of Ronnie James Dio, who died yesterday at the age of 67 after losing his battle with stomach cancer. He was perhaps best known as a lead singer for Black Sabbath (where he replaced Ozzy Osbourne); however, unlike Ozzy, you didn’t hear about drink, drugs, or so-called “reality TV” with Ronnie’s family.
Ronnie James Dio was a gentleman and kept much of his private life exactly that: private. He was the son of Italian immigrants and it was his Italian grandmother who taught him to throw his signature devil’s horns — she was superstitious and used the gesture “as protection from the evil eye” [see link to interview here]. RJD was the father of an adult son (adopted during his first marriage) and grandfather of two. His wife, Wendy, was his manager and is the chair of an organization called Children of the Night, dedicated to rescuing America’s children from prostitution.
Ronnie possessed the voice and range of a truly good singer; he was also a song writer and story teller in his songs.The song “Children of the Sea” makes me think of the current gulf coast oil disaster.