Richard Hugh Blackmore (born 14 April 1945) is an English guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the founding members of "Deep Purple" in 1968, playing jam-style hard-rock music which mixed guitar riffs and organ sounds. During his solo career, he established the heavy metal band "Rainbow", which fused baroque music influences and elements of hard rock. "Rainbow" steadily moved to catchy pop-style mainstream rock. Later in life, he formed the traditional folk rock project "Blackmore's Night", transitioning to vocalist-centred sounds. As a member of "Deep Purple", Blackmore was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2016.

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