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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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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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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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Ritchie Blackmore Suing for Deep Purple Royalties

Ritchie Blackmore claims he's owed more than $1 million in back royalties from his former group.

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Ritchie Blackmore Reveals First Details of His ‘Return to Rock’

It looks like those rumors regarding Ritchie Blackmore revisiting his rock 'n' roll past might actually be true — to a point, anyway.

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Ritchie Blackmore Is Considering a Return to Rock

Nearly two decades after a switch to medieval folk, former Deep Purple and Rainbow co-founder Ritchie Blackmore says he might play rock again – but not for long.

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Blackmore’s Night Announce New Album, ‘All Our Yesterdays’

Blackmore's Night are readying the follow-up to 2013's Dancer and the Moon.

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Joe Lynn Turner Says He’s Working on Rainbow Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore

Former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner says he's hopeful he can coax guitarist Ritchie Blackmore into a reunion this year — even though previous attempts to get the band back together have been unsuccessful.

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Ian Gillan Admits He Used to Head Off to the Pub During Ritchie Blackmore’s Solos

The lead singer tends to get the lion's share of the spotlight in rock 'n' roll, but the gig does have its drawbacks, including the question of what to do with yourself onstage while your bandmates are soloing.

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David Coverdale Reveals Near-Reunion With Ritchie Blackmore

Before David Coverdale decided to make Whitesnake's new album a tribute to his years as the singer for Deep Purple, he contemplated a full-fledged reunion with former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

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Deep Purple – ‘Graz 1975′ Album Review

'Graz 1975' captures the Mark III Deep Purple lineup in one of its very last performances. However, this is hardly the sound of a band in its final hours.

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