100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

Ritchie Blackmore

55. Ritchie Blackmore

The Deep Purple and Rainbow leader is a master of both bottom-line riffs and jaw-dropping virtuoso flights. It's ironic that despite his classical leanings, this master technician is best-known for one of the most simplest riffs of all time: Purple's "Smoke on the Water."

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