Back Track: Ritchie Black­more

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Ritchie Black­more

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?

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