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Updated: 08/14/2017 04:03 PM | First Published: 08/14/2017 03:07 PM

Ritchie Blackmore in the early 70s

Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple guitarist, it's a photo from the early 70s

Ritchie Blackmore is one of the founding members of Deep Purple. In 1968, he formed the band with members Jon Lord, Nick Simper, and Bobby Woodman. It was Blackmore who named the band Deep Purple. He suggested the name after his grandmother's favorite song.







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