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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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depaulo67
Initially, I was curious as when Richie's transition was but after awhile I didn't care the band
and Candace's voice are so great. Thanks for the history lesson though.
Reading the comments here I saw a lot of people wondering when he made the transition from rock to medieval. If you listen to some of his Rainbow albums you will see the influence of Dio mellowing some of his songs and guitar work. Most notably is the song Catch the Rainbow off the first Rainbow album...and also Temple of the King. Even on his newer and softer touch Ritchie manages to cut loose now and then. BN redux of St. Theresa by Joan Osbourne (of What if God Was One of Us) .
RItchie was always a fav of mine dating back to DP In Rock album. I like the way he incorporates a portion of his Child in Time masterpiece into his Blackmore's Night album (Lantern). I like how he has progressed as he grew older, rather than replaying songs from 40 years ago. Hats off to you Ritchie
Best music ever I'm you biggest fan
silentblackn i n g a
number 1 fan!
Great music - only recently stumbled onto them thanks to Pandora - now - off to the iTunes store...
Follow? Please!
One word, wow!
georgec6
Ritchie is a really an awesome guitar player with a beautiful touch. I think Candice has had a good effect on him
Dana, we'll put. But I would like to add "and then spend half of the writeup on their time as Tom and Jerry"
boogiespeed
better than Baez...
I want to own ALL their albums. Such good music.
I found this group on pandora and really like most of there work.
Candice has an awsome voice. The twins are cool also.
dana.s.burro w s
Who wrote this bio... No mention of Candice Night... Talk about one sided.. Let get a real bio including ALL the key members. Is like doing a bio of Simon and Garfunkel and only post one of two's bio.
very good
incredible and otherworldly
Wonderful... m a k e s me feel whole
Love the singing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . . . . . . .
I'm not kidding..Bla c k m o r e ' s Night carries some deep magic..if you can't hear it, that's just too bad..
Awesome, I love Blackmore's Night
549850186
This is great!!!
gjmcdole
You are kidding. This is horrible!!
It amazes me that this band is, in a way, responsible for the birth of the most legendary medieval metal band ever: Dio. May God rest the soul of the Holy Diver. RIP RJD \m/
firewolfzx
Dang 1968? I didn't know Blackmore's Night is THAT old...
slovakgirl
just makes you want to get up and dance around the fire in the middle of the night....won d e r f u l ! ! ! !
mysweetike
This Group is Awesome!! I love every song I have heard.
I like it, but this really doesn't belong in my death and black metal radio station.
I love her voice. :)
shortypeople
First I thought it was a pirate song but now I now that it's not
Night at Eggersdberg. . t h e man can certainly play...thank s . Ritchie...
Pandora SORELY needs to update their info on the band. They've released so much new stuff since Under a Violet Moon, and I'm dying to know more about them!
Candice Knight is the vocalist. She is Mr. Blackmore's Missis..she has a lovely web site of her own..it might give you more insight..che e r s .
As Laura_music states below, I came here to learn more of Blackmore's Night. This Bio seems to be well outdated, though I don't mind knowing the founder has deep roots - pun intended - Pandora, it would be nice to find here who's singing and a bit more...
woodsnwater1
Love Candice' voice - perfectly fits this music and lyrical expression!
Love it
I never liked RB in DP. Thought he was a hack. If that's his arrangement and work in BN, I have to say he's come a long way and makes beautiful music.

Before anyone gets pissed off and slaps a mojo on my a$$ for saying RB was a hack in DP, that is only my innately flawed opinion. I am not condemning anyone that thinks Blackmore is the divine music messenger of the Lord.

Still no vibrato, though. No tremolo on an acoustic. . . ;-)

Nice hat, Ritchie. . . ha ha chalazon. :-)
nice hat, Ritchie...
Interesting
gotta say, i agree to that.
laura_music
This background is all about Ritchie, when it is supposed to be about BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. BK has superb value in its own right! Please get this fixed, Pandora.
Richie is a great player..Cand i c e knocks me out..these folks are just too much fun!
raindown
Such a medieval vibe...super cool.
Really like these guys :)
like them alot
woodsnwater1
Really great group and performance! Love their sound and energy - transports me to a very good place!
elvyn_magik
Just thought the exact same thing... Great to know what he did for years before, in other bands, with other people. So why wait until the very last sentence to say Oh, and then he did some stuff in Blackmore's Night? And where is the novel describing Candice Night's career?
So enchanting
sndyhjk
@exlipse I thought the same. What about the rest of the band too?
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