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Ritchie Blackmore

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.

Deep Purple – ‘Graz 1975′ Album Review

Deep Purple Graz
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'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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Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Says He’s Sad That He and Ritchie Blackmore Are No Longer Friends

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earMusic/Frontiers Records

It seems that guitarist Ritchie Blackmore didn't break up with just Deep Purple two decades ago.

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Ian Gillan Rules Out Reunion with Ritchie Blackmore if Deep Purple Is Elected to Rock Hall

Ian Gillan and Ritchie Blackmore
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Ian Gillan would rather turn down induction than be forced to be on the same stage as Ritchie Blackmore again.

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20 Years Ago: Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore Has Onstage Meltdown

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What Deep Purple fans saw on Nov. 9, 1993 at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England, wasn't anything like a promised 25th anniversary celebration of the band. It was, instead, one of the final nights with founding member Ritchie Blackmore.

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Ian Gillan Has ‘No Desire’ to Reunite With Ritchie Blackmore

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It's been 20 years since Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple, and by all accounts, both he and the band are happier now. Still, some fans will never stop hoping for a reunion -- something that, according to singer Ian Gillan, will never happen.

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Ritchie Blackmore: ‘I Think a Lot About Death’

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From his days with Deep Purple and Rainbow to his current gig fronting Blackmore's Night, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has always forged his own trail. It's something, as he recently explained during a Russian television interview, he attributes to his fondness for daydreaming.

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Top 10 Ritchie Blackmore Songs

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Les Lee, Getty Images

As the primary musical architect behind not one, but two of heavy metal’s cornerstone bands -- Deep Purple and Rainbow -- and with a deserving reputation as one of history’s greatest guitar gods, Ritchie Bl

Ritchie Blackmore ‘Couldn’t Care Less’ If Deep Purple Make Hall of Fame

Deep Purple
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After years of being completely overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pioneering hard rockers Deep Purple received word last week that they are among the nominees this year. But if you're hoping for an epic reunion jam on 'Highway Star' at this year's ceremony, not so fast -- in a new interview, former Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore says he has no interest in whether the band is inducted or not.

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Rainbow, ‘Live in Germany 1976′ – Album Review

Ronnie James Dio
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When it comes to pioneering jam metal bands, few artists can compete with Rainbow and their legendary penchant for stretching out straightforward rock songs into exercises in instrumental abandon.

The 35th anniversary reissue of 'Live in Germany 1976' -- an unsung companion piece to the band's better known 1977 double concert album 'On Stage' -- showcases guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ronnie James Dio, keyboard player T

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