Top 10 Metal Musicians Discovered by Ritchie BlackmoreRitchie Blackmore was the mastermind behind two legendary bands related to heavy metal - Deep Purple and Rainbow.
He was also the most influential metal musician back then - much more influential than most of the current metalheads can imagine. Apart from his musical influence, he was a very influential hunter of metal talents - almost all metal musicians he discovered in Deep Purple and Rainbow, were hired later by Black Sabbath, Ozzy and Dio.
Maestro Blackmore didn't work officially as a recruitment agent for Black Sabbath and Ozzy but yeah, look at the people below...
The Top Ten Metal Musicians Discovered by Ritchie Blackmore
Dio band Elf was an opening act for Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore liked Dio voice. When Deep Purple disbanded, Ritchie Blackmore started Rainbow with Dio and the whole metal world heard Dio's amazing voice. The rest is known. - Metal_Treasure
Recalling his first impressions, Ritchie Blackmore said about Dio: "I felt shivers down my spine". So true - me, too. - Metal_Treasure
Yes, most of these legends were discovered by him. While as I remember Ian Paice was kinda discovered by Jon Lord. Not sure though. - zxm
@zxm - yes, I wasn't sure about Ian Paice and this was the reason I didn't add Paice to this list. Maybe Jon Lord met Paice first but Ritchie was the main decision-maker and without his consent new members couldn't join the bands. - Metal_Treasure
Hands down the greatest singer of our time!
By the way, who was the leader of the band. Ritchie or Jon? - zxm
He played bass on the legendary Rainbow album 'Rising'.
Jimmy deserves more credits - he was a central figure in Dio the band because he was also involved in songwriting and contributed with music ideas to some of their best songs. - Metal_Treasure
R.I.P. Legend - TheStargazer
A great metal drummer, in fact the metal greats in drumming began with him - he was a very fast and technical beast behind the kit. He played on the Rainbow album 'Rising' (1976). Try: Rainbow - A light in the Black, Stargazer. - Metal_Treasure
Don't forget Jethro Tull! What a legend. - JoLeKosovo
He replaced Jon Lord in Deep Purple in 2002. - Metal_Treasure
He's a bassist, backing vocalist, lyricist and songwriter, hired by Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow.
I've heard many times that Ozzy had a successful solo career. But there is something else - behind Ozzy's solo career was mostly Bob Daisley, esp. after Randy Rhoads death. Bob wrote most of the lyrics and music for Ozzy's band (songs like "Mr. Crowley", etc) but his achievements are always attributed to Ozzy. Bob Daisley also worked for Black Sabbath. - Metal_Treasure
The best Yngwie songs are with Joe Lynn Turner on the vox: Rising Force, Dreaming - Metal_Treasure
He was a bassist and backing vocalist in Deep Purple but did lead vocals for Black Sabbath (1986 album). - Metal_Treasure
Dio could not be replaced, but Graham Bonnet did a damn good job. He would later found Alcatrazz, the band that would introduced Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai to the world. - TheStargazer
Agree, Graham Bonnet is a damn good singer, with one of the loudest voices I have ever heard. - Metal_Treasure
Keyboardist on Rainbow Rising. He was so good Blackmore kicked him out of the band because he was afraid his keyboard playing would overshadow his own guitar playing. - TheStargazer
Technically, he was discovered by Ritchie's wife Candice but it was Ritchie who gave Doogie the chance to shine. In the early 90s Doogie sent a demo tape to Ritchie which sat in a box for a few years but Candice liked the demo and gave it to Ritchie. So in 1995 Rainbow released an album after 12 years of silence. Try the songs: Hall of the Mountain King, Cold Hearted Woman. - Metal_Treasure
Excellent singer who was considered for Bruce Dickinson replacement in Iron Maiden in the 90s (but they hired Blaze and maybe made a mistake). - Metal_Treasure
Ronnie Romero - Lords Of Black