|Birth name||David Tom Donato|
|Associated acts||Black Sabbath, White Tiger|
"After Gillan, we were living out in America, in LA again," recalled guitarist Tony Iommi. "We were auditioning all sorts of different singers… and this Dave Donato was one of the ones who we did try a few times… He seemed to look alright and whatever else, and seemed to be okay, but it was just auditions. We never actually had him in, as a part of the band. But it happened that Kerrang! or somebody came out to do an interview and, of course, he was there at the time, and they took a picture of everybody. So automatically this guy suddenly becomes part of the band – according to everybody else."
Contrary to reports, Donato was not fired after an interview with Kerrang!. The band soon fell apart, and Iommi formed an entirely new Sabbath the following year.
The Donato demos – containing songs such as "No Way Out", "Dancing with the Devil", "Don't beg the Master" and "Sail On" – remain out of the public domain, bar a 1985 rehearsal session featuring Donato, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward that surfaced online in 2006. This was produced by Bob Ezrin.
- Sharpe-Young, Garry (2006). Sabbath Bloody Sabbath: The Battle for Black Sabbath. Zonda Books Limited. ISBN 0-9582684-1-X.
- Tommy Vance's Friday Rock Show, BBC Radio 1, 28 June 1992, transcribed in Sabbath fanzine Southern Cross #14, October 1994, p39
- "Zero the Hero...David Donato's place in Black Sabbath history has been massively misrepresented over the years". Rockdetector. 2006-04-29. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
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