Remembering the Icon Randy Rhoads

Remembering the Icon Randy Rhoads

By Andrew Catania

In this world, there are certain personalities that leave their mark in the hearts and lives of others around them. To such personalities doing what makes them happy and good is what matters the most. Such people are not bound by time or place to be liked or loved by others. Some, although, left this world to remain alive in someone’s heart and soul.

Remembering the Icon Randy Rhoads

There’s such a person who, though, not being among us anymore remains inside us forever. That person is named Randy Rhoads a famous and talented guitarist of all times.

Randall William or commonly known as Randy Rhoads was born on December 6th, 1956. He was a famous heavy metal guitarist. Randy Rhoads is the one who integrated his own heavy metal style with his classical music influences. Although, having short career tenure, Randy Rhoads played a very vital role in neoclassical metal. Apart from this, he was also considered a great influence by many other guitarists, and made on many lists of “Greatest Guitarist”

Remembering the Icon Randy Rhoads

Randall William, Randy Rhoads, was born in Santa Monica, California. He was the youngest of his two other siblings: a brother named Doug and a sister named Kathy. His brother Doug is also a musician, but he performed under the name Kelle. Rhoads parents, Delores and William, both were music teachers.

When Randy Rhoads was 1 ½, his father had left the family, and Rhoads mother had to take care of all the kids. Delores, Rhoads mother, afterward opened her own music school in 1949 called Musonia. She had opened this school in North Hollywood to support her family financially. Rhodes’s mother had a bachelor’s degree specializing in music; apart from this she also played the piano on a professional level as well.

Remembering the Icon Randy Rhoads

In 1979, attempting to establish a new band, ex-Black Sabbath vocalist, Ozzy Osbourne came to Los Angeles. Rhoads was contacted by Dana Strum, future Slaughter bassist if he was interested in the offer. Rhoads discussed this offer with his mother to come to a decision, and when his mother asked him if he would accept an offer like this one; his answer was a yes. Rhoads received a call for his auditions, just before he was going to perform in his final show with Quiet Riot in September 1979.

The day before Osbourne’s departure back to England, Rhoads walked right into the hotel room of the vocalist along with his Gibson Les Paul guitar and a practice amp and started to warm up. Osbourne who was feeling quite inebriated that day just listened to Rhoads and immediately gave him the job. Rhoads, Osbourne, Strum and Drummer Frankie Banali spent their couple of days jamming together before Osbourne left back to England.

When Osbourne went back to England, he met and was introduced to ex-Rainbow bassist, Bob Daisley, by Jet Records employee named Arthur Sharpe while in a pub. There he told Daisley that he had met with a talented young man who was a good guitarist. On November 27th, 1979, Rhoads flew to England and met with Osbourne and Daisley at the Jet Records’ Office.

On March 18th, 1982, Rhodes played his last show and was dead on March 19th of 1982 because of his plane crash. To this day, Randy Rhoads is still considered one of the best guitarists of all time.  He left this world but also left a mark in this world.

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