Ritchie Blackmore is probably the most underrated guitarist who has never made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is technically superior to his often compared to guitarists Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and plays with just as much emotion as these giants. Being a classical listener and guitarist, he implements classical style runs into his playing and rarely plays within the pentatonic box that limits most blues players. Despite this, Blackmore still plays some of the most exceptional blues I have ever heard.
He was also an extremely talented song writer, writing a vast majority of Deep Purple’s songs, which is why when he left Deep Purple in 1975, the band quickly hired jazz fusion guitarist Tommy Bolin – who was another exceptional song writer – to pick up the pace.