by (@McBeardo)

Ritchie Blackmore’s 7 Most Essential Songs

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Guitar god, Deep Purple guru, and Rainbow ruler Ritchie Blackmore turns 70 today. As an axe-wielder and a gentleman, Blackmore is one of rock’s supreme beings—a superhuman giant in that rarified realm alongside Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, whose influence touches the frets of every hard rock and heavy metal six-string-slinger who will ever follow in his musical wake.

Let’s celebrate Ritchie Blackmore’s 70th with a chronological playlist of seven essential songs that bear his immortal touch.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

The Most Intense Guitar “O-Faces” In Rock History

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Playing guitar can be ecstasy for some people. Just check the expressions on Prince, Slash, John Mayer, Jimmy Page and other rockers as they get down with their axes! If that’s not the face of pure joy, we don’t know what is.

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