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