Back Track: Ritchie Blackmore
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Richard Hugh Blackmore was born on 14 April 1945, in Somerset, but such is the way with bona-fide rock gods, juicier theories of the man in black’s origin seem more convincing. Perhaps it was a cosmic anomaly that saw him emerge from a meteorite, a latter-day Kal-el with neoclassical chops and an untutored fury, who, with Strat in hand, carved himself into immortality through his virtuoso rock exertions with Deep Purple and Rainbow.
Ritchie Blackmore: Mere mortal or a celestial being sent from above?