By Andrew Catania
The world is full of musicians and guitarists. There is another world that is full of amazing guitarists, and there is a long list of songwriters. But list narrows down to a few when we look for a combination of a guitarist and a songwriter in a single personality. Without any doubt, Ritchie Blackmore’s name is always on the top of this list with outstanding achievements in both fields.
Richard Hugh Blackmore is one of the all-time favorite English songwriter and a fantastic guitarist. You probably remember Deep Purple, and Ritchie Blackmore was one of the founders of the Deep Blue. As a team he did excellent work, and his solo career is also incredible and his heavy metal band is very famous, and his heavy metal band is called Rainbow. His work has been appreciated in both Deep Purple and Rainbow. Everyone has always admired his talent as an electrifying guitarist.
During his solo career, after the success of Rainbow, he then established a traditional folk rock band project, and that is known as Blackmore’s Night. One of his big achievements is when he was inducted into the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple in April 2016.
In the 1950s, Blackmore played with small bands. In 1968, Blackmore, with keyboardist Jon Lord, singer Rod Evans, bassist Nick Simper and drummer Ian Paice created the band Deep Purple. Deep Purple had a hit song in the United States with “Hush“. Although they were doing well, Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple decided to get a different singer. They replaced Evans with Ian Gillan. The band’s album Deep Purple Rock was released in 1970. In 1972, Deep Purple made the album Machine Head. It included one of their most popular songs, “Smoke on the Water”. In 1972, they recorded the live album Made in Japan. Gillan and Glover left the group in 1974. They were replaced by singer David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes. The new Deep Purple released two albums Burn (1974) and Stormbringer (1974). Blackmore left the band soon after these records were released.
In 1984, Blackmore got together with Gillan, Glover, Lord, and Paice and made the album Perfect Strangers. The album had many successes with the songs “Knocking at Your Back Door” and “Perfect Strangers.” After recording the album The Battle Rages On, Blackmore left the band in 1993.
During his fifty plus years of career as a guitarist, he’s known as one of the shortest tampered guitarists but his fans and the members of his bands always accepted him as they recognized the fact that it is hard to find such an electrifying guitarist anywhere else. He achieved what a successful person in any field can desire of; he did great in his field, he has a fantastic career, he gave us amazing bands and songs and the list of his achievements is very long. So you can simply say that he got what one can desire and his work as a guitarist leaves no doubt about his accomplishments.