Happy birthday to a great rock guitarist Craig Goldy (born November 6, 1961) an American guitarist, most notably of the band Dio.Goldy was born in San Diego, California. 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. While with Rough Cutt, Goldy played on demos produced by Ronnie James Dio.
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.
Goldy performed on the Dio album Dream Evil, but this first stint with the band was short lived and he left due to unknown reasons. In 2000 Goldy returned to Dio and helped record Magica, but shortly thereafter left again due to family commitments. Doug Aldrich replaced him for the album, Killing the Dragon.
Goldy temporarily left the group for the third time in 2005, after suffering a hand injury on a tour through Russia. He was then replaced by Doug Aldrich again for the duration of the tour.
Goldy was featured in Hear ‘n Aid – Stars project while still in Giuffria, alongside other players such as Adrian Smith and Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brad Gillis and others.
Goldy was the original guitarist of a supergroup consisting of himself, singer Rob Rock, bassist Rudy Sarzo, and drummer Tommy Aldridge. But before recording Project Driver, he left the group to join Dio and was subsequently replaced by Tony MacAlpine.
He also is currently the guest guitarist of heavy metal pioneers Budgie.
Goldy co-wrote the song « Lady Luck » with David Lee Roth on the latter’s 1991 album A Little Ain’t Enough.