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.
He took classical lessons for a year. Big Jim Sullivan taught him how to play guitar.
He was known as one of the first guitarists to fuse classical music with rock 'n' roll.
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.
He is considered one of the best guitarists of all time, often ranked with Jimi Hendrix.