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Craig Goldy (born November 6, 1961; Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American guitarist, mostly notably of the band Dio.

Early musical life

Before Dio, he played in the bands Vengeance, Rough Cutt, and Giuffria. He replaced Jake E. Lee in Rough Cutt and was himself replaced by Amir Derakh in this group. Prior to joining Rough Cutt, he had played in the band Vengeance. Rough Cutt recorded some demos with Craig Goldy that received airplay on San Diego radio station KGB FM’s Metal Shop program, but he left the band before they got a record deal and recorded their first album. Ronnie James Dio had produced those demos (for the songs, “Queen of Seduction,” “Try a Little Harder,” and, “Take Her”). Goldy, giving a clue as to his future in Dio (the band), commented on Ronnie James Dio in a live interview on KGB’s Metal Shop in 1983. In that interview Goldy praised Dio for his talent and for being a nice person who took time to help Rough Cutt out. Ronnie and his wife Wendy both co-wrote some songs on the first Rough Cutt album, which was recorded after Craig Goldy left the band.

Shortly after leaving Rough Cutt, Goldy would join Giuffria, the eponymous band of former Angel keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria. Performing on Giuffria’s self-titled debut album, released in 1984, Goldy is heard on the band’s biggest hit, “Call to the Heart,” which hit #15 on the Billboard charts in early 1985.

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