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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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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.
the circle sounds little like the mysterious cities of gold cartoon that nicolodean played
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.
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 tweinkle across fields golden merryment sings keeping peace under wing while earths rest beholden with in her breast for a parshal of lifes quest with all of its zest
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.
Talented as he is, it's obscene that a bio of Blackmore's Night is 100% about him and 0% about Candace.
daniel.cossi n s
This group is totally awesome! I was hooked after the first song. It's just so rare to find groups with the combination of such expert musical talent, and cool/meaning f u l / e p i c lyrics. 11 out of 10
Blackmore's Night is utterly amazing . . . but where's Candice in the bio?
So good.
Blackmore's night is beyond words. Utterly.
cataleah
Richie is definitely a master of his timber. Candice s voice mesmerizes me. Together, they create masterpieces . Takes me away from life's stresses. Thank you for sharing through to my soul.
First time I heard of Ritchie Blackmore. I was about to impulsively putting finger down when I realized how beautiful the Beyond the Sunset music is. Thanks Pandora for introducing me to never heard artists before just like this.
He does have a really nice hat!
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.
love them
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