by Jack Bell
(Ryde, Isle of Wight)
Because his riff writing skills are sensational! There isn't a person alive who hasn't heard "Smoke on the Water"! Seriously unbelievable guitarist, his improvisation skills are the best in the world he never played the same one twice, after recording in a studio he'd forget the solo he'd just done and make up a completely new one when next performing. Other than perhaps Hendrix, no-one comes close to the skill and pure brilliance that is the guitar playing of Ritchie Blackmore!
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