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Happy birthday, Ritchie Blackmore

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Ritchie Blackmore, 2004

Ritchie Blackmore, 2004

Happy birthday, Ritchie Blackmore...
Born Richard Hugh Blackmore on 14 April 1945 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, Ritchie Blackmore is a guitarist and songwriter.
He began his professional career as a session musician as a member of the instrumental band The Outlaws and as a backing musician of pop singers Glenda Collins, Heinz, Screaming Lord Sutch, Neil Christian...
Blackmore was also one of the original members of Deep Purple, playing jam-style rock music which mixed simple guitar riffs and organ sounds.
During his solo career, he established a neoclassical metal band called Rainbow which fused baroque music influences elements with hard rock.
Rainbow gradually progressed to catchy pop style hard rock.
In 1997, he formed the folk rock project Blackmore's Night.
Their latest album, Dancer & the Moon, was released on June 2013, which entered at # 189 on USA's Billboard Album Charts.
Blackmore was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004.
He was ranked number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011.
He's credited as a precursor of the so-called "guitar shredders" that emerged in the mid-1980s.
Blackmore has been an influence on various guitarists such as Fredrik Åkesson, Brett Garsed, Janick Gers, Paul Gilbert, Michael Harris, Scott Henderson, Dave Meniketti, Randy Rhoads, Michael Romeo et Yngwie Malmsteen.
Ritchie Blackmore's now considered one of the greatest guitar heroes of the English school alongside of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Ritchie Blackmore!

Ritchie Blackmore, 2012

Ritchie Blackmore, 2012

Ritchie Blackmore on stage

Ritchie Blackmore on stage

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Ritchie Blackmore ...
Né Richard Hugh Blackmore le 14 Avril 1945 à Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, Angleterre, Ritchie Blackmore est un compositeur et guitariste.
Il a commencé sa carrière professionnelle en tant que musicien de studio pour le groupe instrumental The Outlaws et en tant que musicien des chanteurs pop Glenda Collins, Heinz, Screaming Lord Sutch, Neil Christian...
Blackmore était également l'un des membres fondateurs de Deep Purple, un groupe qui a développé un nouveau style de rock alliant riffs de guitare et harmonies à l'orgue d'orgue.
Au cours de sa carrière solo, il a créé un groupe de metal néoclassique appelé Rainbow qui fusionnait les influences de la musique baroque avec le hard rock.
Rainbow a peu à peu évolué vers un style pop-hard rock plus accrocheur.
En 1997, il a formé le groupe folk rock, Blackmore's Night.
Leur dernier album, Dancer & the Moon, qui est sorti en Juin 2013, s'est placé à la 189ème place du Billboard Album Charts USA.
Blackmore a été classé numéro 16 sur la liste des "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" du magazine Guitar World en 2004.
Il figure au 50ème rang du classement des "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" du magazine Rolling Stone en 2011.
Il est considéré comme l'un des premiers "guitar shredders" (virtuose du jeu de guitare), tendance qui a émergé au milieu des années 1980.
Blackmore a influencé de nombreux guitaristes tels que Fredrik Åkesson, Brett Garsed, Janick Gers, Paul Gilbert, Michael Harris, Scott Henderson, Dave Meniketti, Randy Rhoads, Michael Romeo et Yngwie Malmsteen.
Ritchie Blackmore est aujourd'hui considéré comme l'un des grands "guitar heroes" de l'école anglaise aux côtés d'Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck et Jimmy Page.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Ritchie Blackmore !]

Ritchie Blackmore - guitar shop may 1997

Ritchie Blackmore - guitar shop may 1997

Ritchie Blackmore - Kerrang! No.51 – Sept 22 – Oct 5, 1983

Ritchie Blackmore - Kerrang! No.51 – Sept 22 – Oct 5, 1983

Ritchie Blackmore - Poll winner: Top Guitarist, Kerrang! No.8 – February 1982

Ritchie Blackmore - Poll winner: Top Guitarist, Kerrang! No.8 – February 1982

Ritchie Blackmore, Sounds issue 28 July 1979

Ritchie Blackmore, Sounds issue 28 July 1979

Ritchie Blackmore, 1976

Ritchie Blackmore, 1976

Ritchie Blackmore, 1975

Ritchie Blackmore, 1975

Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow (1975)

Ritchie Blackmore, Rainbow (1975)

Ritchie Blackmore on stage in London on the May 1974 UK Tour

Ritchie Blackmore on stage in London on the May 1974 UK Tour

Ritchie Blackmore - A Rock Profile Vol.02

Ritchie Blackmore - A Rock Profile Vol.02

Ritchie Blackmore, 1971

Ritchie Blackmore, 1971

Ritchie Blackmore, 1970

Ritchie Blackmore, 1970

Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple

Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple

Happy birthday, Ritchie Blackmore

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