16 Amazing Ritchie Blackmore Facts

1- Ritchie Blackmore born 14 April 1945 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England

2- His Birth Name is Richard Hugh Blackmore

3- He was 11 when he was given his first guitar by his father 

4- Big Jim Sullivan taught him how to play guitar.

5- During the 1960s, Blackmore played a Gibson ES-335 but from 1970 he mainly played a Fender Stratocaster until he formed Blackmore’s Night in 1997

6- Blackmore was portrayed by Mathew Baynton in the 2009 film Telstar.

7- Blackmore joined Deep Purple in 1968 after receiving an invitation from Chris Curtis

8- He was #16 on the 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time list released by Guitar World in 2004.

9- Ritchie Blackmore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famein April 2016

10- Blackmore credits fellow guitarist Eric Clapton’s music with helping him develop his own style of vibrato around 1968 or 1969

11- in 1993, Musicologist Robert Walser defined him “the most important musician of the emerging metal/classical fusion”

12- The name Rainbow was, at least in part, a tribute to the Rainbow Bar and Grill, a legendary, still-thriving hard rock hangout on Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip.

13- Blackmore said: “I like popular music. I like ABBA very much.

14- Ritchie Blackmore placed number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011

14- Blackmore said that he started the guitar because he wanted to be like Tommy Steele

15- “Highway Star” ranked 19th, and “Lazy” ranked 74th. by Guitar World 

16- He is also credited as a precursor of the so-called “guitar shredders” that emerged in the mid-1980s



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