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.
Rainbow's Spooky Studio Moment During 'Street of Dreams' Session
Lightning strike left Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore working by candlelight.
Doogie White: Best Thing About Being Dropped by Ritchie Blackmore
Former Rainbow singer celebrates guitarist's "great gifts to the world of rock 'n' roll."
Ritchie Blackmore Couldn't Get Inspired by Deep Purple at the End
Guitarist reflects on his departure from rock music in the '90s, admitting he's a "musical snob."
Adrian Smith Once Quit Fishing Because of Ritchie Blackmore
Iron Maiden guitarist recalls giving up his favorite pastime, thinking it wasn’t cool for a rock musician.
Listen to New Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Song ‘The Storm’
Ronnie Romero fronts “rocked-up remake” of Blackmore’s Night track “Fires at Midnight.”
David Coverdale Reveals ‘Ugly’ Deep Purple Rock Hall Induction
Former singer says current lineup “refused to go” if Ritchie Blackmore was allowed to attend.
Deep Purple ‘Prevented’ Ritchie Blackmore’s Rock Hall Attendance
Former member reports he has time only for Glenn Hughes and he’s happy others will remain “ex-colleagues.”
Ritchie Blackmore’s Trial by Fire for Supporting Guitarists
Ex-Dio member Craig Goldy recalls being forbidden to play solos, and how he broke rules to befriend Deep Purple icon.
Joe Satriani Responds to Ritchie Blackmore's Criticism
One guitarist recently said some things about another guitarist's playing. Now the other guitarist has something to say.
Ritchie Blackmore Was Glad to Be Replaced in Deep Purple
Former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore has weighed in on the direction the band went after he left the lineup for the final time in 1993.