More interviews with band members continue to be done daily. Blackmore indulges his love for Euro-centric classical music here - blasting listeners with an oddly placed but powerhouse organ intro. "Mrs Robinson" was originally called "Mrs Roosevelt," most likely after First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Following a prolonged break, Blackmore announced in 2015 that he planned to play a series of concerts under the moniker of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Heavily pop-oriented and imbued with synthesizers though it may be, this mid-tempo masterpiece delivers on the promise of its otherworldly, ethereal title. List of songs with Songfacts entries for Rainbow. Top 10 Hair Metal/Pop Metal Songs of the '80s, Top 10 Paul McCartney Solo Songs of the '80s, Top '80s Songs of All-Female '80s Rock Band The Bangles, Top Canadian Pop Music Artists of the '80s, Top Foreigner and Lou Gramm Solo Songs of the '80s, The Top 5 Rolling Stones Songs of the '80s, Top '80s Songs of Fleetwood Mac Singer Stevie Nicks. Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are? Rainbow’s final album with frontman Ronnie James Dio is nowhere near as grandiose as. With the release of 1979's Down to Earth, gone were the mystical themes and epic metal compositions, replaced by a more streamlined commercial hard rock style. Featuring bassist Craig Gruber, keyboard player Mickey Lee Soule, and drummer Gary Driscoll, the group's 1975 debut Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was quickly embraced by European fans and yielded their first hit single, "Man on the Silver Mountain." A chance meeting with Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath (only recently divorced for good from unreliable frontman Ozzy Osbourne) helped the singer make up his mind, and Dio officially quit Rainbow in early 1979 to join the Sabs.Finding a suitable replacement for the charismatic singer proved a serious dilemma, and when Blackmore eventually recruited former Marbles vocalist Graham Bonnett, his decision came with an all-around retooling of Rainbow's sound, not to mention, once again, the band's membership, which now included former Deep Purple cohort Roger Glover and keyboard player Don Airey. The inspiration for Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown" came from the songwriter worrying about his girlfriend, who was out at bars all day while he was at home penning songs. Following its release, the band embarked upon a successful world tour, culminating in a sold-out European jaunt which spawned a best-selling live album entitled On Stage, released in 1977. It accomplishes that aim and then some. Releasing eight albums during its decade-long run, the band finally came to an end when Blackmore departed to rejoin his old Deep Purple comrades in a full-fledged reunion in 1984. The band's most ambitious songs helped put the medieval in metal. Wilder's hit "Break My Stride" had an unlikely inspiration: a famous record mogul who rejected it. To make matters worse, Blackmore had been so impressed with "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll"'s success as a single that he began to consider altering the band's sound in order to pursue a more mainstream hard rock approach (a direction which Dio wanted no part of). A monthly update on our latest interviews, stories and added songs, Ian Anderson: "The delight in making music is that you don't have a formula". Together, the duo would produce a string of acclaimed albums which are still considered classics of the genre. Look for the 3 song cd Rainbow Vorwarts (Forwards!) Stargazer. This Ritchie Blackmore project gave birth to neoclassical metal.
There's a transcendent, religious quality to Blackmore's best guitar playing, and for that reason more than any other, this tune stands out as a highlight. Turner's precision fits in quite well with the fluid nature of Blackmore's classically inspired lead guitar parts, and the quintet as a whole churns along with conviction and energy.