Black Sabbath released their 9th LP “Heaven and Hell” on April 25, 1980. This wa…

Written by on May 15, 2018


Black Sabbath released their 9th LP “Heaven and Hell” on April 25, 1980. This was their first album with Ronnie James Dio as their singer.

Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne, was first introduced to Sabbath’s Tony Iommi in 1979 by Sharon Arden, who would later marry the band’s then-recently fired vocalist Osbourne.

At first, Dio and Iommi discussed forming a new band, rather than a continuation of Black Sabbath. The two then met again by chance at The Rainbow on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles later that year. They both were in similar situations, as Dio was seeking a new project and Iommi required a vocalist.

Ronnie has said Dio of the encounter, “It must have been fate, because we connected so instantly.” The pair kept in touch via telephone, until Dio arrived at Iommi’s Los Angeles house for a relaxed, getting-to-know-you jam session. On that first day, the duo finished the song “Children of the Sea”, a song Iommi had abandoned prior to Osbourne’s firing.

Do you remember your first thoughts when you heard Ozzy was out and Dio was now singing for Sabbath?

Happy 38th Birthday to the LP “Heaven and Hell”!!




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