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Randall William "Randy" Rhoads (December 6, 1956 â€“ March 19, 1982) was an American guitarist, rated by Rolling Stone magazine as one of rock music's 100 greatest guitarists of all time. His unique neo-classical metal style of playing set him apart from other guitarists of the early 1980s. He was a student of classical guitar and he used this talent on rock guitar studies. Rhoads was only active in the studio for 3 years prior to his death.
Rhoads was born on December 6th, 1956 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He was the youngest of three children, his older brother Doug is a drummer who goes by the name of Kelle Rhoads. His sister's name is Kathy.
When Randy was 17 months old, his father William Arthur Rhoads left his mother Delores Rhoads and the three children. Mrs. Rhoads has owned and operated the Musonia School of Music in Burbank, California since 1949. Rhoads started playing guitar at age 6 on his grandfather's old Gibson "Army-Navy" classical acoustic guitar. According to Rhoads's mother, he learned to play folk gui...