Ritchie Blackmore

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Birthday
14, 1945
Birthplace
England
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
14, 1945 (age 73)
Birthplace
England

About

Guitarist for Deep Purple who played on the infamous hit "Smoke on the Water." He was #16 on the 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time list released by Guitar World in 2004.

Before Fame

He took classical lessons for a year. Big Jim Sullivan taught him how to play guitar.

Trivia

He was known as one of the first guitarists to fuse classical music with rock 'n' roll.

Family Life

He married Margrit Volkmar on May 18, 1964, then Barbie Hardie on September 16, 1969, then Amy Rothman in May 1981, and then Candice Night in October 2008. He has a son named Jurgen and a daughter named Autumn.

Associated With

He is considered one of the best guitarists of all time, often ranked with Jimi Hendrix.