Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (sometimes stylized Ritchie Blackmore’s R-A-I-N-B-O-W) is the first album by British rock guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s solo band Rainbow, released in 1975. During studio sessions in Tampa Bay, Florida on 12 December 1974, Blackmore originally planned to record the solo single “Black Sheep of the Family”- a cover of a track by the band Quatermass from 1970. The newly composed “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” was to be the B-side. Other musicians involved included singer/lyricist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Gary Driscoll of blues rock band Elf, and cellist Hugh McDowell of ELO. Satisfied with the two tracks, Blackmore decided to extend the sessions to a full album.
[Dedicated to Mogens Toudahl]