According to Ronnie James Dio‘s widow Wendy Dio, the legendary singer originally wrote the classic track “Holy Diver” for BLACK SABBATH.
With July 10 marking what would have been Ronnie James Dio‘s 80th birthday, the late singer’s wife made an appearance on Full Metal Jackie‘s radio show to discuss all things Ronnie.
Reflecting on the creation of the iconic “Holy Diver” studio album, Wendy revealed that her late husband had written the songs “Holy Diver” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” while he was still in BLACK SABBATH and had intended to record them with the legendary heavy metal band.
However, after a falling-out with guitarist Tony Iommi, Ronnie ended up taking the songs with him and forming his own band DIO in 1982 and releasing them on the group’s 1983 debut album.
DIO recently saw a rise in recognition due to the hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things‘ which saw the character of Eddie Munson wear a denim jacket with a DIO patch prominently displayed on the back. The patch was actually sent directly to the producers of the show from the Dio estate after the show’s creators had reached out.
Fans can also expect the commercial release of the long-awaited Ronnie James Dio documentary in the near future as it already has had multiple viewings at various film festivals.