The Pre-Rainbow Career of Ronnie James Dio

This timeline lays out the chronology of bands, band members, and recordings that Ronnie James Dio was involved in before becoming part of Ritchie Blackmore's new group, Rainbow.

Recordings

Single: Conquest

1958

Single: An Angel is Missing

1960

Single: The Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo/

1/24/1962

Gonna Make It Alone/Swingin' Street

Aug 1963

Mr. Misery/Our Year

Nov. 1963

Love Potion No. 9

Jan. 1964

Walking Alone/The Way of Love

1965

Say You're Mine Again/Where You Gonna Run To, Girl?

July 1965

Smiling By Day (Crying By Night)/Dear Darling (I Won't Be Coming Home)

nov. 1965

Walking in Different Circles/Ten Days with Brenda

Apr 1967

Hey, Look Me Over/It Pays to Advertise

Oct. 1967

Walking in Different Circles/She's Not the Same

Nov. 1969

Amber Velvet/West Virginia

Feb 1970

Elf

Aug 1972

Carolina County Ball

Apr 1974

Trying to Burn the Sun

June 1975

Groups

Vegas Kings

1957 - 1958

Ronnie & the Red Caps

1958 - 1961

Ronnie Dio & The Prophets

1961 - Sept 1967

The Electric Elves/The Elves

Sept. 1967 - Aug 1972

Elf

Aug 1972 - June 1975

Ronnie James Dio

Vocals

1957 - June 1975

Bass guitar

1957 - Aug 1972

Craig Gruber

Bass

Aug 1972 - June 1975

Billy De Wolfe

Vocals

1958 - 1959

Nick Pantas

Guitar

1957 - Feb 8, 1968

Dick Bottoff

Guitar

1961 - Apr 1967

David Feinstein

Guitar

Apr 1967 - Aug 1973

Doug Thaler

Keyboard

Sept 1967 - Feb 8, 1968

Guitar

Feb 9, 1968 - 1972

Steve Edwards

Guitar

Aug 1973 - June 1975

Tommy Rogers

Drums

1957 - June 1965

Gary Driscoll

Drums

June 1965 - June 1975

Mickey Lee Soule

Keyboard

Feb 9, 1968 - June 1975

Jack Musci

Sax

1958 - Sept 1960

Mark Nauseef

Percussion

1975 - June 1975