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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Hometown: Hertford, Hertfordshire, England Current Label: Universal Republic Records Websites: Official Website
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Band Members: Ritchie Blackmore – guitar (1975–1984, 1994–1997)
Ronnie James Dio – lead vocals (1975–1978)
Craig Gruber – bass (1975)
Micky Lee Soule – keyboards (1975)
Gary Driscoll – drums (1975)
Jimmy Bain – bass (1975–1977)
Tony Carey – keyboards (1975–1977)
Cozy Powell – drums (1975–1980)
Mark Clarke – bass (1977)
Bob Daisley – bass, backing vocals (1977–1978)
David Stone – keyboards (1977–1978)
Jack Green – bass (1978–1979)
Graham Bonnet – lead vocals (1979–1980)
Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals (1979–1984)
Don Airey – keyboards, backing vocals (1979–1981)
Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1980–1984)
Bobby Rondinelli – drums (1980–1983)
David Rosenthal – keyboards (1981–1984)
Dee Beale - live backing vocals (1981–1984)
Lin Robinson - live backing vocals (1981–1984)
Chuck Bürgi – drums (1983–1984, 1995–1997)
Doogie White – lead vocals (1994–1997)
Greg Smith – bass, backing vocals (1994–1997)
Paul Morris – keyboards (1994–1997)
John O'Reilly – drums (1994–1995)
John Micelli – drums (1997)

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Bio:

Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) were an English rock band, controlled by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1994 to 1997. It was originally established with former Elf members, though over the years Rainbow went through many lineup changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. In addition to lead singers Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White, the project consisted of numerous backing musicians. The band started out combining mystical lyric themes with neo-classical metal, but went in a more streamlined commercial style following Dio's departure from the group.

Rainbow was ranked #90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Early years
In 1974, Ritchie Blackmore became infuriated at the funk/soul (or as Blackmore called it, "shoeshine music") elements being introduced to Deep Purple by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, as well as with the rejection from his bandmates of his suggestion to record a cover for inclusion on Stormbringer. Blackmore had originally intended to record Steve Hammond's "Black Sheep of the Family", a song recorded by the band Quatermass, as a solo single to express that his ideas were being suppressed in Deep Purple. During recent US tours, Deep Purple's support band had been Elf, and Ritchie had been impressed by Elf's singer, Ronnie James Dio. Blackmore and Dio found they had such a creative rapport that a full album's worth of music was soon composed, and they recorded it with Elf as a session band. Emboldened by the experience, Blackmore decided to leave Deep Purple and form his own band around Elf, effectively taking it over minus their guitarist and renaming it Rainbow. The name of the band was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood that catered to rock stars, groupies and rock enthusiasts.

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