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Randy Rhoads

American guitarist

Randy Rhoads

American guitarist
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birthday
6th
December, 1956
Death
19th
March, 1982
Birth Place
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Randall William Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.
Originally educated in classical guitar, Rhoads combined these early influences with heavy metal, helping to form a subgenre later known as neoclassical metal. With Quiet Riot, he adopted a black-and-white polka-dot theme which became an emblem for the group. He reached his peak as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne’s solo career, performing on tracks including “Crazy Train” and “Mr. Crowley” on the Blizzard of Ozz album. “Crazy Train” features one of the most well known heavy metal guitar riffs.
He died in a plane crash while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. Despite his short career, Rhoads is regarded as a pivotal figure in metal music, credited with pioneering a fast and technical style of guitar soloing that largely defined the metal scene of the 1980s. He helped to popularize various guitar techniques now common in heavy metal music, including two-handed tapping, tremolo bar dive bombs, and intricate scale patterns, drawing comparisons to his contemporary, Eddie Van Halen. The Jackson Rhoads model guitar was originally commissioned by him. He has been included in several published “Greatest Guitarist” lists, and has been cited by other prominent guitarists as a major influence.
On May 12, 2021, Rhoads was announced as one of the inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

instruments played
Guitar
Associated Acts

Ozzy Osbourne Quiet Riot

Genres

Heavy metal hard rock neoclassical metal

Labels

Epic CBS Sony Jet

Website
Years Active

1972 1982

Name

Randy Rhoads

Nationality

United States of America

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