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Man On The Silver Mountain (1975)

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Will Rainbow be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


29 comments so far (post your own)

Should get in hands down. You can't argue that Blackmore and Dio didn't make contributions to Rock.

Posted by EPN on Saturday, 04.14.07 @ 17:13pm

They were a great band while they had Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet. Joe Lynn Turner sucked. And all of their members made a bigger contribution somewhere else.

Posted by Metalsmith on Wednesday, 01.16.08 @ 10:18am

The last time I checked, "Man on the Silver Mountain" was still the coolest song in recorded (and recording) history, so at some point this band has to get in.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 15:24pm

So true.

Posted by Metalsmith on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 16:46pm

"Man on the Silver Mountain," "Stone Cold," and "Street of Dreams" are classics. The band had Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie Dio. Odd they haven't been considered yet.

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 15:56pm

I would like to nominate Ritchie Blackmore to be inducted in the list of Hall of Fame. Reason being, he is a virtuoso guitarist since late 60's till to-date. He could also be considered pioneer in rock groups with huge followers from West to Eastern side of the world and he is a popular household name in rock industry, I suggest. Thank you

Posted by fauzi on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 13:49pm

Blackmore, Dio, Bonnet, Turner, Airy.....not
Rainbow must be in!

Posted by Metalheart on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 19:37pm

Dio has rocked 4 a long,long, time.

Posted by Mike on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 14:28pm

One person who doesn't have a page of his own is Russ Ballard. Rainbow had a big AOR hit with Ballard's "Since You've Been Gone" in 1979. Ballard's other famous compositions include "Liar" (Three Dog Night), "Winning" (Santana) and "You Can Do Magic" (America)

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 05.6.09 @ 04:15am

Amazing band. Ritchie Blackmore, in my opinion, is the greatest guitarist of all time. Ronnie James Dio is just one of the most reconizable voices in rock history. It was also great when Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner were in the band. A little bit more commercial, but still amazing. It shocks me that neither Deep Purple nor Rainbow have been inducted yet. Many great songs like the epic, "Stargazer"(which if you this song go to http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/05/08/weekend-rock-list-songs/ and vote for it), the great cover of "Since You've Been Gone", the awesome riff of "Man on the Silver Mountain", the ballad "Street of Dreams", the fast paced "Death Valley Driver" and the list goes on.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 05.9.09 @ 09:32am


Nothing needs to be said after 1:08 on this.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 06.16.09 @ 11:47am

4 words: "Light in the Black"

Posted by Man on the Silver Mountain on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 11:35am

I was looking though the internet and I found an old Rainbow documentary


I talks about how Ritchie was a hard rock/heavy metal pioneer. And I agree with them that Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow easily beats Come Taste the Band.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 12:33pm

Was Rainbow the band who did "Here I Go Again?"

Posted by Florian on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 18:13pm

"Here I Go Again" is a Whitesnake song, Florian. Not a Rainbow song.

Posted by Keebord on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 18:15pm

That was Whitesnake who recorded "Here I Go Again"
David Coverdale was the lead singer for Deep Purple for three albums: Burn (1974), Stormbringer (1975) and Come Taste the Band (1976). Ritchie Blackmore left DP after Burn to form Rainbow. Whitesnake wasn't formed until 1978, two years after Come Taste The Band and the death of Blackmore's replacement, Tommy Bolin

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 19:28pm

I quite enjoy David's time in Deep Purple. Glenn Hughes always did a fair amount of singing on those albums. But Ritchie actually left after Stormbringer.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 19:47pm

Everyone's letting it out of their system, i.e. Zep vs Purple, Paige vs Blackmore, Gillin vs Plant, etc.

If you're going to bring Rainbow into the mix, hoonor Richie by taking it off the Zep page & bring it on over here.

For the record:

Zep over Purple (though not by a great margin)
Richie/Jimmy (even money)
Gillin over Plant (once again, quite close)

"Man on the Silver Mountain" is still the most awesome song ever. When I was younger I used to pretend I was singing that, and I'd use a broom as both an air-microphone & air guitar. I used to knock the panels of the drop ceiling in my apartment out of whack, & then I'd have to try & fix it. There were pucture marks in my ceiling for years...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 12.13.09 @ 05:27am

Correction: that should be "puncture", no "pucture".

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 12.13.09 @ 05:29am

"Man on the Silver Mountain" is still the most awesome song ever. - Cheesecrop

Amen to that!

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 12.13.09 @ 15:34pm

"Man on the Silver Mountain" is indeed a great song. An overlooked gem is "Death Alley Driver" with Joe Lynn Turner singing. Would it be fair to say that the stuff with Dio was the first power metal (dungeons and dragons type lyrics, very mystical?) If so, then they've nailed the innovation part, and thus also the influence part, and thus deserve induction. However, I can't quite bring myself to think that they were a metal band. Due to the talents of Blackmore and Dio alone (and Cozy Powell's great drumming on "Stargazer") I'd like to see them inducted, because it would be great to see these wonderful men inducted. However, I don't think it's essential, just something I'd like to see. Plus Deep Purple will have to go in first in order for them to have a chance, and it's very unlikely that's going to happen at this point.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 19:50pm

Rest in peace, Ronnie James Dio.

Posted by Joe on Sunday, 05.16.10 @ 15:13pm

RIP Ronnie James Dio

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 05.16.10 @ 19:39pm

Inducting rainbow would be a great way to get two rock legends in, Dio and Ritchie Blackmore.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 02.25.11 @ 09:25am

I agree, except (to state the obvious) both should already be in the Hall of Fame (Dio with Black Sabbath, the RRHOF had no reason to ignore his contributions) and Blackmore with Deep Purple (almost two decades eligible, still not even one nomination).

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 02.25.11 @ 12:04pm

Blackmore was the first guitarist that stood out to me, not for Deep Purple but for Rainbow. Definitely one of the most underated bands of that era. Known as a live act early on with Dio, commercial success came later with Since You Been Gone and after Joey Lynn Turner took over vocals. Always well respected for their musicianship, they simply were never a big band. Blackmore, to me, is an alltimer. Not Rainbow.

Posted by Eddie Dobzanski on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 20:19pm

Hell Yeah !! They Contributed a lot about Rock

Posted by James Hetfield on Wednesday, 05.30.12 @ 01:02am

In my personal opinion, it should be Rainbow that is inducted, not only Ritchie Blackmore. Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.) and Cozy Powell have drawn influences also, but they were both the most successful with Rainbow rather than their later careers.
Rainbow also had some, but key influences of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Even though there has been a lot of turnover during the band (Jimmy Bain, Bob Daisley and Tony Carey only lasted one album), I still think the Long Live Rock and Roll, and Rising lineups plus Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner should all be included as well.

Posted by DioFan on Friday, 01.24.14 @ 02:46am

RIP Jimmy Bain

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.24.16 @ 19:11pm

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