Ritchie Blackmore

(Richard Hugh Blackmore)

Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore
  • Born: April 14, 1945
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Musician, Songwriter









Richard Hugh Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the founding members of Deep Purple in 1968, playing jam-style hard-rock music which mixed guitar riffs and organ sounds. During his solo career he 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. Later in life, he 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.

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But you have to give your whole life to a cello. When I realized that, I went back to the guitar and just turned the volume up a bit louder. Life
Combing my hair doesn't make me a better musician.
Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous.
Hendrix inspired me, but I was still more into Wes Montgomery. I was also into the Allman Brothers around the time of those albums. Time
I can do the old hand vibrato just fine, but I like attacking the strings.
I can imagine that Rod Stewart likes giving autographs because he's pure showbusiness.
I can never remember what I do even in the studio.
I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me, if he's not playing electrically. But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
I criticize my own work pretty harshly. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't put myself on Jeff Beck's level, but I can relate to him when he says he'd rather be working on his car collection than playing the guitar.
I don't see myself as such an important guitarist.
I don't use the twang bar anymore. It's become too popular.
I feel like I own the stage.
I found the blues too limiting, and classical was too disciplined.
I had given up the guitar between '75 and '78. I completely lost interest. I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes.
I have never met one person who likes Grand Funk.
I however don't go to clubs to show off and to be seen, and certainly not to make statements. I just want to be able to quietly watch a band.
I like leaping around on stage as long as it's done with class. None of this jumping up in the air and doing the splits.
I never work out my leads. Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous. If someone says, 'That was good; play that again,' I'm not able to do it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think a lot about death more than life, because we're going towards death. Life ;Death
I was always stuck in a musical no man's land.
I was impressed by Hendrix. His attitude was brilliant. Even the way he walked was amazing.
I was impressed by Hendrix. Not so much by his playing, as his attitude - he wasn't a great player, but everything else about him was brilliant.
Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.
If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.
If you can play well in the studio, you can play well on stage.
I'm not good enough, technically, to be a classic musician. I lack discipline.
I'm not into that Keith Richard trip of having all those guitars in different tunings. I never liked the Rolling Stones much anyway.
I'm very moved by Renaissance music, but I still love to play hard rock - though only if it's sophisticated and has some thought behind it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
In my early days, I never used finger vibrato at all. I originally carved my reputation as one of the 'fast' guitar players.
I've always played every amp I've ever had full up, because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud. Also, that's how you get your sustain.
Jimi... He was the gov'nor and that's it. He was brilliant, wasn't he?
Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He's very underrated.
Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He's overrated.
Playing a Fender is an art itself. They're always going out of tune. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Session work makes you more strict. You can't hit notes all over the place. You've got to make each one really count. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Simplicity is the key.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense. Maybe that's what caught everybody's attention. As a player, he didn't do anything amazing.
The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.
The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy. That's the best thing. Just steal.
They used to complain at school that I looked out of the window for long periods of time - that sums up my life. I like to look out the window, do nothing, daydream. Life ;Time
Those record companies don't know what's happening at all.
What's the point of re-releasing an album? The original sounded good, why change something about it?
When I was 20, I didn't give a damn about song construction. I just wanted to make as much noise and play as fast and as loud as possible.
When something is not good, it's bad. Period.
When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.
When you're recording, if you're not really clean in your playing, it sounds like a mess.
When you've toured for about 10 years like me, you end up feeling like you're always waiting for somebody or something. The whole day is a drag.