Neon Knights

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"Neon Knights"
Neon Knights.jpg
Single by Black Sabbath
from the album Heaven and Hell
B-side "Children of the Sea (live)"
ReleasedJuly 1980
Format 7"
RecordedJanuary 1980 at Studio Ferber, Paris, France
Genre Heavy metal
Length3:49
Label Vertigo/Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Black Sabbath singles chronology
"Hard Road"
(1978)
"Neon Knights"
(1980)
"Die Young"
(1980)
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"Neon Knights" is a song by British rock band Black Sabbath from 1980's Heaven and Hell , their first album with American vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

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Overview

"Neon Knights" was the last song written by the band for the Heaven and Hell album. [1] It was quickly written and recorded at Studio Ferber in Paris during January 1980 simply to fill time on the album's first side. [1] The lyrics were written by Dio. It is the only song on Heaven and Hell to definitely feature songwriting input from bassist Geezer Butler, the band's main lyricist during the Ozzy Osbourne era. Butler was absent for most of the songwriting process due personal issues as well as his own uncertainty as to whether he wanted to remain in the band. Dio occasionally performed the song during their live shows. The venue and date of the live version of "Children of the Sea" is not specified. The song reached #22 on the UK charts, but failed to chart in the US or anywhere else.

Geezer Butler English musician, bassist and lyricist of Black Sabbath

Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also recorded with Heaven & Hell, GZR, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, is an English vocalist, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

Dio (band) American heavy metal band

Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member Vinny Appice, the band's drummer. The name Dio was chosen because it made sense from a commercial standpoint, as the name was already well known at that time.

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Track listing

7" single (Vertigo #6837 640)
  1. "Neon Knights" – 3:49
  2. "Walk Away" – 4:21
7" single (Vertigo #SAB 3)
  1. "Neon Knights" – 3:49
  2. "Children of the Sea" (live) – 6:30

Personnel

Ronnie James Dio American singer-songwriter and composer

Ronald James Padavona known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

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Tony Iommi British guitarist and composer

Anthony Frank Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. He was lead guitarist and one of the four founder members of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was the band's primary composer and sole continual member for nearly five decades.

Chart positions

Chart (1980)Position
UK Singles Chart [2] 22

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References

  1. 1 2 Iommi, Tony (2011). Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath. Da Capo Press. ISBN   978-0306819551.
  2. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (9 August 1980). "Hits of the World: Britain". Billboard . 92 (32): 64. ISSN   0006-2510 . Retrieved 18 February 2010.
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