|Ronnie Dio & The Prophets|
Years: 1961 - 1967
Styles: Pop Rock
Dick Bottoff - Guitar (in band: 1961 - 1966)
Ronnie James Dio - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1961 - 1967)
Nick Pantas - Guitar (in band: 1961 - 1967)
Tommy Rogers - Drums (in band: 1961 - Jun, 1965)
Gary Driscoll - Drums (in band: 1965 - 1967)
David Feinstein - Guitar (in band: 1966 - 1967)
Ronnie And The Red Caps changed their name to Ronnie Dio And The Prophets in 1961. Under this name, the line-up lasted for quite a long time and produced several singles and one album.
The band in this form released a lot of singles. The first to some was “The Ooh - Poo - Pah - Doo” which was released on 24 January 1962 and had “Love Pains” on the B-side. The group released their first album in this form. The album was a live album recorded at Domino’s Restaurant, called: “Dio At Domino’s.” Nowadays the very place where this album was recorded (now Domino’s Pizza Restaurant); they hold the moniker of “We Rock” on a sign outside, making a tribute to Ronnie’s career.
The other singles included “Swingin’ Street,” released in August 1963, backed with “Gonna Make It Alone.” A one-sided single of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “Mr. Misery" was released in November 1963 with “Our Year.” They also did a version of the rock and roll classic “Love Potion Number Nine,” released in January 1964. This had the same song on both sides, so radio stations wouldn’t play the wrong side.
“Say You’re Mine Again” was released in July 1965 with “Where You Gonna Run To Girl” on the B-side. “Smiling By Day (Crying By Night)” was released in November 1965, with “Dear Darling (I Won’t Be Coming Home)” on the B-side. “Walking Alone” was released sometime in 1965, backed with “The Way Of Love” and their final single was “Walking In Different Circles,” which was released in April 1967 with “10 Days With Brenda” on the B-side. In fact, a different version of “Walking In Different Circles” was recorded by The Elves, a band which Ronnie would form shortly in the future. The Ronnie Dio And The Prophets band ended in autumn 1967, when Ronnie and Nick continued on in a band called The Electric Elves.
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