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Rainbow were a British Heavy Metal/hard rock band formed by Deep Purple 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.
= The name of the band Rainbow was inspired by a Hollywood Bar and Grill called the Rainbow that 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. 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 about medieval themes. Dio possessed a versatile vocal range capable to sing both hard rock and lighter ballads. Although Dio never played a musical instrument on any Rainbow album, he is credited with writing and arranging the music with Blackmore in add...
|years active||1975 – 1984, 1993 – 1997|
|music genre||Hard rock|
|current members|| Ritchie Blackmore|
John O'Reilly (drummer)
|past members|| Ronnie James Dio|
Micky Lee Soule
Joe Lynn Turner
David Stone (keyboardist)