|Ritchie Blackmore Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10½ in|
|Date of Birth||April 14, 1945|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Ritchie Blackmore is an English guitarist, musician, and songwriter known as a founding member of Deep Purple. Formed in 1968, the band’s discography consists of multiple albums such as Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn, Deep Purple, Deep Purple in Rock, Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are, Rapture of the Deep, Fireball, Now What?!, Stormbringer, Burn, Come Taste the Band, Turning to Crime, The House of Blue Light, Perfect Strangers, The Battle Rages On…, Slaves and Masters, Purpendicular, Abandon, Whoosh!, Infinite, and Bananas.
Richard Hugh Blackmore
Ritchie, The Man in Black, Blackers
Allendale Nursing Home in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Long Island, New York, United States
Ritchie Blackmore hated school, disliked his teachers, and would always get caned for speaking in class. At the age of 15, he left school.
He has taken guitar lessons.
Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
- Father – Lewis J. Blackmore
- Mother – Violet (née Short)
- Siblings – He has an older brother.
- Others – Silas Blackmore (Paternal Grandfather), Eleanor Darby (Paternal Grandmother), Edward Joseph Short (Maternal Grandfather), Daisy Kate Moon (Maternal Grandmother)
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock, Folk Rock, Neoclassical Metal
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he has a net worth of $16 Million as of 2023.
5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm
82 kg or 180.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ritchie Blackmore has dated –
- Lita Ford – It was reported that he had an affair with musician, guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Lita Ford in the past.
- Margit Volkmar (1964-1969) – He married his first wife Margit Volkmar in May 1964 and they lived in Hamburg during the late 1960s. Their son Jürgen was born in 1964 and he went on to play guitar in the touring tribute band Over the Rainbow. The marriage ended in divorce in 1969.
- Bärbel (1969-1971) – Following his divorce from Margit Volkmar, Ritchie Blackmore tied the knot with former dancer Bärbel in September 1969 but the couple divorced in 1971.
- Christine – He once had a fling with a woman named Christine.
- Amy Rothman (1978-1983) – In 1978, he met Amy Rothman and they eventually got married in 1981. However, this marriage also ended in divorce in 1983.
- Tammi Williams – Ritchie Blackmore was once romantically involved with Tammi Williams whom he met in early 1984 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she was working as a hotel employee.
- Candice Night (1991-Present) – In 1991, Ritchie Blackmore began living with then-fashion model Candice Night and they later moved to her native Long Island in 1993. After being engaged for around 15 years, the duo married in 2008. On May 27, 2010, they were blessed with their first child together – a daughter named Autumn. Their 2nd child – a son named Rory – was born on February 7, 2012.
Race / Ethnicity
Ritchie Blackmore is of English and Welsh descent.
Long guitar solos
Ritchie Blackmore Facts
- He was 2 years old when his family shifted to Heston, Middlesex.
- He was described as “the most important musician of the emerging metal/classical fusion” by musicologist Robert Walser in 1993.
- Ritchie Blackmore was portrayed by Mathew Baynton in the 2008 film Telstar: The Joe Meek Story. It stars Con O’Neill, Kevin Spacey, Pam Ferris, JJ Feild, James Corden, Tom Burke, Ralf Little, and Sid Mitchell.
- As one of the original members of Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8, 2016, but he did not attend the ceremony.
- He is fluent in German and enjoys watching German-language television shows.
- Ritchie Blackmore has been an influence on a number of artists including Akira Takasaki, Fredrik Åkesson, Brett Garsed, Janick Gers, Paul Gilbert, Craig Goldy, Scott Henderson, Dave Meniketti, Randy Rhoads, Michael Romeo, Wolf Hoffmann, Billy Corgan, and Brian May.
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