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Ritchie Blackmore will always be best known for the titanic riff he supplied to ‘Smoke on the Water,’ but there’s more to the guitarist than Deep Purple. He also co-founded Rainbow, a band that spanned both neo-classical metal and more pop-influenced rock sounds over its lifespan, and later steered toward traditional folk-rock with Blackmore’s Night. But without Deep Purple, none of this would have been possible. Blackmore powered the group to fame between 1968-75, notching a pair of Top 10 albums in the early ’70s with a lineup fronted by Ian Gillan. In 1984, Blackmore returned to the band, reuniting the classic lineup for the ‘Perfect Strangers’ album. He followed that up with a reunion with Rainbow. As the only constant member of that revolving group, Blackmore provided the vision. But collaborators like the late Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner helped him bring that vision to life.

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Jorgen Angel, Getty Images

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice ‘Wouldn’t Put Money Either Way’ on Ritchie Blackmore Playing at the Band’s Rock Hall Induction

The members of Deep Purple have rarely minced words about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they're not about to change their tune now that they're one of this year's freshly inducted acts.

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Ritchie Blackmore Leaving the Door Open for Future Rainbow Shows

Disappointed that Ritchie Blackmore has only booked a handful of shows with his new Rainbow lineup? Take heart — this could be just the beginning.

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Ritchie Blackmore Posts First Photo of New Band

Preparing for his first rock concert in nearly 20 years, Ritchie Blackmore posted a picture of his new band during rehearsals.

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Ritchie Blackmore’s First Rock Show Reportedly Confirmed

The first rock-focused concert by Ritchie Blackmore in nearly two decades has apparently been confirmed.

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Watch Blackmore’s Night’s New Video for ‘Will O’ the Wisp’

Blackmore's Night offer fans a sneak peek at their upcoming All Our Yesterdays LP with a new video for the album track "Will O' the Wisp."

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Eagle Rock Entertainment

‘The Ritchie Blackmore Story’ Documentary Coming to Home Video

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is the subject of an upcoming documentary that's set for release on Nov. 6.

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Ritchie Blackmore Confirms First Rock Concerts in Nearly 20 Years

Ritchie Blackmore will play a quartet of rock-focused shows in Europe next year, returning to the genre that hurtled him to fame after being away from it for nearly 20 years.

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RCA

20 Years Ago: Rainbow’s ‘Stranger in Us All’ Gives Ritchie Blackmore His Final Rock Album

Ritchie Blackmore's celebrated career in rock ended not with a bang but with Doogie White.

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Graham Bonnet Thinks Ritchie Blackmore Might Be Joking About His ‘Return to Rock’

Are reports of Ritchie Blackmore's upcoming "return to rock" really just the result of a misunderstanding?

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Polydor

40 Years Ago: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Release Their Debut Album

August 1975 signaled a new beginning for one of hard rock’s greatest stars, Ritchie Blackmore, who unveiled the first fruits of his brand-new band, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.

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