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Rainbow is the name of at least three bands:

1. A British / band.
2. A group (레인보우).
3. A U.S. band.

1. Rainbow was a British / band formed by Deep Purple founder and former guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in1975. In addition to Blackmore, the band originally consisted of former Elf lead singer Ronnie James Dio, bassist Craig Gruber, drummer Gary Driscoll, and keyboardist Micky Lee Soule. Over the years Rainbow went through many lineup changes.

The name of the band was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill, which catered to rock stars, groupies and rock enthusiasts. It was here that Ritchie spent some of his off time from Deep Purple and met Dio, whose band Elf had toured regularly as an opening act for Deep Purple. Blackmore originally got together with Dio to record “Black Sheep Of The Family” as a single, and it turned out so well they needed a B side; when the B side was recorded, however, it turned out to be even better. This led to them recording an album, and to the formation of the band. Rainbow’s debut album, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, was released in 1975, and featured the minor hit “Man on the Silver Mountain”.

Rainbow’s music was different from Deep Purple’s. The music was more directly inspired by classical music, and Dio wrote lyrics on mediaeval themes. Dio possessed a versatile vocal range, and was capable of singing both hard rock and lighter ballads. Although he never played a musical instrument on any Rainbow album, he is credited with writing and arranging the music with Blackmore in addition to writing all the lyrics himself.

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  • Pollepard

    Não tem como não amar cara♥, pena que jamais irei a um show :/

    21 Apr 1:55am Reply
  • jhntimms

    Such an awesome band!

    13 Apr 9:12pm Reply
  • strucky_like

    Rainbow Eyes is definitely my fav

    2 Mar 7:47pm Reply
  • Psychomechanic

    my favourite band ever

    25 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • harvey1963july3

    THIS MAN WITH THE GREATEST VOICE EVER

    12 Feb 7:14pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    ♡♡♡ The FULL Live in Germany 1976 album at YouTube (unfortunately only the audio material because the German concert tour was never filmed) ♡♡♡ The detailed track listing at Wikipedia English ♡♡♡ Golden memories for the old Rainbow fans and great discovery for the hard rock headed youngsters ♡♡♡ VOLUME UP! LISTEN LOUD! ♡♡♡

    9 Feb 3:56pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    ♥♥♥

    8 Feb 11:35am Reply
  • Metalova96

    Catch the Rainbow ♥

    2 Feb 7:18pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    а ведь не такое говно, как многие говорят, по крайней мере до конца 70-х было не так уж плохо, Ричи Блэкмор отличный гитарист, да еще и отец спид-метала, видимо

    31 Jan 11:16am Reply
  • erikngn

    Одна из первых групп, с которых я начал познавать рок и его культуру.

    28 Jan 8:11pm Reply
  • Schivittez

    Thank you Ritchie Blackmore. Thanks for form Rainbow and put Dio in my life. Blessed be Dio, rest in peace guy, you always will be remembered.

    27 Jan 3:16am Reply
  • ander_giehl

    One of my favorite bands! [2]

    26 Jan 9:54pm Reply
  • HW-DiEnd

    Light in the Black is one of the best tunes ever written.

    16 Jan 2:14pm Reply
  • dimitrini

    One of my favorite bands! Rock'n'Roll!

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • zlickdude

    i grew up listening to the long live rock'n'roll album always on every car ride xD. thanks to my dad for introducing me to rainbow. best music there is.

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • samuelcrf

    Rising is one of my favorite albums ever. RIP DIO

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tebymetal1

    The Dio albums are amazing, but I the work done by Joe Lynn Turner in Difficult to Cure, Straight Between the Eyes and Bent Out of Shape is fantastic as well.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Wiracocha

    Truly legendary. The Dio albums always give me the chills.

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Owlyhere

    Love their songs and catchy tunes :D

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JonathanDeBruyn

    I'm so glad I discovered this band!

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
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