Written by megarock on April 14, 2018
Happy birthday to Ritchie Blackmore born on 14th April 1945, guitarist and songwriter from Deep Purple, who had the 1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’ and the 1973 US No.4 single ‘Smoke On The Water’. Deep Purple were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as “the globe’s loudest band” for a 1972 concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Blackmore later formed Rainbow who had the 1981 hit single ‘I Surrender’. Do you have a favourite Deep Purple or Ritchie Blackmore track? http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/machine_head
Machine Head, recorded by Deep Purple Mk II in 1971, contains the ‘mother of all guitar riffs’ in Smoke On The Water, inspired by real-life events in Montreux, Switzerland, where Deep Purple were recording the album when the Montreux Casino was burned to the ground during a Frank Zappa concert.
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