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Blackmore's Night

British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore started out as a session player and then was a cofounder of the hard rock group Deep Purple in 1968. With Deep Purple, he made the albums Shades of Deep Purple (1968), The Book of Taliesyn (1969), Deep Purple (1969), Concerto for Group and Orchestra (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1970), Purple in Rock, Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972), Purple Passages (1972), Made in Japan (1973), Who Do We Think We Are? (1973), Burn (1974), and Stormbringer (1974) before leaving the group in April 1975. In Los Angeles in 1975, he took over the New York band Elf, replaced the guitarist, and renamed the resulting heavy metal quintet Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Personnel would change frequently during the band's existence. The first edition featured Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald Padavona, July 10, 1949, Cortland, NY) (vocals), Gary Driscoll (drums), Craig Gruber (bass), and Mickey Lee Soule (keyboards). They made the first album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Driscoll, Gruber, and Soule then departed and were replaced by Jim Bain (bass), Tony Carey (keyboards), and former Jeff Beck Group drummer Cozy Powell (b. December 29, 1947, Cirencester, England) for the second album, Rainbow Rising (1976), and the third, On Stage, which made the U.K. Top Ten. (From the third album on, the band was credited only as Rainbow.) Carey and Bain then left and were replaced by David Stone (keyboards) and Bob Daisley (bass) for the fourth album, Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (1978), another Top Ten U.K. hit, after which Daisley and Stone left. In 1979, Blackmore, Dio, and Powell added former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover (b. November 20, 1945, Brecon, South Wales) and Don Airey (keyboards), and started to make the fifth album, the U.K. Top Ten Down to Earth, but Dio left during the recording sessions and was replaced by Graham Bonnet. The album included two U.K. Top Ten singles, "Since You've Been Gone" and "All Night Long." Powell and Bonnet left in 1980 and were replaced by Bob Rondinelli (drums) and Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), and the lineup of Blackmore, Glover, Airey, Rondinelli, and Turner made the sixth album and fourth U.K. Top Ten LP Difficult to Cure in 1981. The album produced the U.K. Top Ten single "I Surrender." Then Airey left and was replaced by David Rosenthal. In 1982, Blackmore, Glover, Rondinelli, Turner, and Rosenthal made their seventh album and fifth U.K. Top Ten, Straight Between the Eyes. The eighth album, Bent out of Shape, was released in 1983 and featured the band's first U.S. Top 40 hit, "Stone Cold." In 1984, Blackmore disbanded Rainbow and joined a reformed version of Deep Purple, participating in the albums Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), Nobody's Perfect (1988), Slaves and Masters (1990), The Battle Rages On (1993) and Stranger in Us All (1995). With new outfit Blackmore's Night, in 1997 he resurfaced with Shadow of the Moon; Under a Violet Moon followed a year later. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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to val halla we shall sing and in the days of play our life will bring gaellic sounds threw the halls that usher us wenches to cling as victory spills out our last drop of blood to dance with the bravest of every adversary we could so we gain the rightful place in the after world slaying enemies to have the riches we should
aejudd09
I'm a little crazy about Blackmore's Night right now. I found them on a Celtic station and can honestly call them one of the most incredible bands I've ever heard.
Dandelion wine
Is a very calming song
Amazing for Ritchie to migrate to this music and to do it so succesfully. I've heard Ritchie play Chet Atkins style and classical as well. Such a versatile artist.
I love Blackmores Night there soo Spiritually Mystical really takes me back in time n space
Locked within the crystal ball
#BstSongEvr
Especially back in the mid seventies,I was enjoying some live deep purple,Black m o r e was absolutely blasting away with an energy that I could not believe,was blown away,lots of steady energy,espec i a l l y on "child in time"you gotta see it to believe it
morning by night of dark and by light catching bright a glimce of white intence the magic skips in ryme to the time all gather for mistic endever bringing a gailic sound forever as stars twinkle across fields golden merryment sings keeping peace under wing while the earth is beholden within her breast for a parshal of life's zest as part of its request at its best for all to glean with every soul finding a place to rest and all is washed clean
High energy.u fing right come get summ uv this.live what the......
LLAB LATSYRC EHT HTIW DEKCOL
LOCKED WITH THE CRYSTAL BALL
#CantEscape
Im not sure @terril3464
Bst song evr
Dandilion Wine
Blackmore's Night is not just Richie..Cand i c e too...lame bio.
I adore this band.
What happened to the lyrics?
Richie Richie Richie.....v e r y good instrumentat i o n . . . d e f i n i t e change from,say machine head,what a contrast,hmm m . . . . . . i t is good,but renaissance are a lllllittle better,but not guitar-wise, d o n ' t worry.
Im not sure~t_bisca r r e t
Why don't they post the lyrics anymore?
The nighttime denizens prance around,garbe d in colors of older,under a lilac moon low,and a quarter.spir i t s join them during drunken nights by campfire,the y soon retreat to their tents and share their desire,nice thought I suppose
I agree, Lorelei is my fav...or is it Ocean Gypsy? It's one of the two.

And yes, that bio stinks. I want to know about Candace.
josephbenesc h
Correcting a misprint in the above write-up with regards to the Rainbow albums. The song Stone Cold, the band's first U.S. Top 40 hit, was on Straight between the eyes (seventh album), and the hit that was on Bent out of Shape (eight album) was Street of Dreams.
Magic is afoot!
sg8tealc
jesus tityfucking christ, this is the best band ever!
Loreley is best song guys
I LOVE LOVE LOVE "Lorelei" best song ever !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
came up on my Delain station. immediately fell in love
Thanks to this song I'm now in love with BLACKMORE's night my favorite band◻◻⬜⬜◻⬜◻◻
play minstrel pray is awesome
cozmiccowgir l 4 8
This bio sucks. Not a mention of Candace Knight. I'm sure that a man wrote it. Who cares which guy played in which band that Richie was in, or what they played. Knowing minutae does not impress, especially when you leave out 50% of the present group.
I love Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio and I love Blackmores Night as it such great music and its not about some political crap or partying. It s just a escape with stories to be told.
if they ever make the wheel of time into a movie blackmores night needs to be in the movie and to do the theme song
I thought they were from Spain. I stand corrected.
Ritchie's a great player..Cand i c e is a fine songstress and together they make some very magical music.
so it's a lame bio...I'm still going to enjoy their r music..think I'll just ignore the bio. and get on with what really matters.
sharone515
Until the female vocalist is given due credit, it's "thumbs down" on any Blackmore's Night selection.
greenbergj7
Blackmore's Night has become one of my favorite bands
Thanks pamsteeg
Pandora apparently does not read requests nor does sarcasm register with them. Thank you pamsteeg for pointing people to a good bio. Also check out their site.
bhembree72
Seriously, fix the bio. Candice's voice is half of the reason I listen to this group. I couldn't care less about the lineage of Blackmore.
Lol, thanks pamsteeg! :)
pamsteeg
Now that you've read Ritchie's bio, here's a link to a decent bio of Blackmore's Night: http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / B l a c k m o r e ' s _ N i g h t
Pandora! Fix the bio!
Candice Knight...... . . .
yes u 2 can have as lovely singing voice as Ritchie just stratal a electric fence and you'll be hollering out operatic melodeys in no time
ritcheycd..t h a t ' s not him singing....y o u don't know that?
shnelson2
Great music is great music no matter who creates it and how they came by it. Ian Anderson(Jet h r o Tull) had a radio program on the BBC dedicated to folk music. These musicians respect where their roots are.
He sings like a girl
No idea this was Ritchie until just now reading the bio. I saw him and Rainbow in Lynn, Ma in 1980. I guess we both changed our taste in music.
I agree, Pandora has to fix the bio.
This just a bio of Ritchie--not Blackmore's Night.
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