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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 in 1975. 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. including bringing in other vocalists Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner, before it folded in 1999.

The name of the band was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill, a Los Angeles, California eatery 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 that effort caused the formation of the entire band. Rainbow’s debut album, ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’, was released in 1975; it featured the minor hit “Man on the Silver Mountain”.

Rainbow’s music was different from Deep Purple’s, though possessing the same strength and energy. Their songs took direct inspiration from music, and Dio wrote lyrics on mediaeval themes. Dio possessed a versatile vocal range, and he was capable of singing both vibrant hard rock as well as light, .

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