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Guitar Greats: Randy Rhoads

Gone far too soon at the age of 25, Randy Rhoads will be forever influential  to hard rock and metal guitarists for his early work with Quiet Riot and most notably his work on Ozzy Osbourne's first two solo LPs, Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman.  

Rhoads' classical music influences  helped add artistry to metal in a way that few guitarist did at the time or have since, and it was something Osbourne recognized and cherished from day one.

“When he played my brain went, ‘Either this is the greatest gear ever or this guy really is the best guitarist in the world!'" said Osbourne in an interview.  "It took me a very long time to get over his death...Randy gave me a purpose, he gave me hope. I was fed up fighting people. I just had the greatest respect for him.”

 

Randy RHOADS, during recording of Ozzy Osbourne album, Blizzard Of Oz

Randy Rhoads (1956-1982) recording Ozzy Osbourne's 'Blizzard of Ozz' album at Ridge Farm Studio in West Sussex, England in May 1980.

 

Randy RHOADS; performing live onstage with Ozzy Osbourne.

 

Randy Rhoads on January 24th, 1982 in Chicago, Il. 

 

Randy Rhoads on Janaury 24th, 1982 in Chicago, Il.

 

A poster for Randy Rhoads who was honored posthumously and inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk on March 18, 2004 in Hollywood.