|Birth Name||Richard Hugh Blackmore|
|Born||14 April 1945 (age 75), Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England|
|Genres||Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock, Folk Rock|
|Instruments||Guitar, violin, vocals, banjo, ukulele|
The Country All-Stars, Arthur Fiedler, Les Paul, Jerry Reed, Hank Snow,
Merle Travis, The Carter Sisters, Mark Knopfler, Jim Carney
Richard Hugh Blackmore (born 14 April 1945) is an English guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the founding members of Deep Purple in 1968, playing jam-style hard rock music that mixed guitar riffs and organ sounds. Blackmore is prolific in creating guitar riffs and is often noted for his classically influenced solos.
During his solo career, Blackmore established the heavy metal band Rainbow, which fused baroque music influences and elements of hard rock. Rainbow steadily moved to catchy pop-style mainstream rock. He later formed the traditional folk rock project Blackmore's Night, transitioning to vocalist-centred sounds.
As a member of Deep Purple, Blackmore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2016. He is cited by publications such as Guitar World and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest and most influential guitar players of all time.
Blackmore credits fellow guitarist Eric Clapton's music with helping him develop his own style of vibrato around 1968 or 1969.
In 1979, Blackmore said: “I like popular music. I like ABBA very much. But there's so much stigma like, ‘you can't do this because you're a heavy band', and I think that's rubbish. You should do what you want … I think classical music is very good for the soul.