BLACKMORE A MUSICAL HISTORY...
- RITCHIE BLACKMORE - who has previously
played with such bands as the Outlaws, Screaming Lord Sutch, and
Neil Christian & The Crusaders - is invited by ex-Artwoods/The Flowerpot
Men keybordist Jon Lord (who was invited by The Searchers ex-drummer,
Chris Curtis) to form a new band. Other musician's would be auditioned
from a Melody Maker ad in Deeves Hall in Hertfordshire.
- In February, the group would form as Roundabout, consisting of
the three (with Chris Curtis on vocals) along with Dave Curtis on
bass and Bobby Woodman on drums. After only a month of uncompromising
rehearsals, BLACKMORE and LORD would be the only two remaining,
bringing in vocalist Rod Evans (formally of the groups M15 and Maze),
bassist Nick Simper (ex-Johnny Kidd & the Pirates) and drummer Ian
Paice. In April, the band would change its name to DEEP PURPLE,
and forego the name Concrete God. Using Vanilla Fudge as its model,
the group records an album and is signed to EMI in the United Kingdom
and Tetragrammation (Bill Cosby's label) in the United States. A
few months later, the band performs its first major UK performance
at the Sunbury Festival. In September, the band would release the
first single from the album, "Hush", which reaches #4 on the US
charts. The album, itself, Shades of Deep Purple, would reach the
Top 25. In December, the band would release their rendition of Neil
Diamond's "Kentucky Woman" a single which would also experience
considerable chart success.
- Early in the year, the band would
release The Book to Taliesyn which would feature a revival of Ike
and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High." In July, the band
would release their self-titled album, Deep Purple. Shortly thereafter,
their record label would go under and Rod Evans and Nick Simper
would both leave the band. They would be replaced by singer Ian
Gillan and bassist Roger Glover, who were both previously members
of the group, Episode Six. The two would add a dynamic chemistry
to the band, complimenting BLACKMORE, who was quickly rising as
one of most omnipotent British lead guitarists around. In September,
the band would perform what many believed to be their most adventurous
album to date, Concerto For Group And Orchestra, which featured
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
- By August, the band's newest album,
Deep Purple In Rock, would stay on the UK charts for over a year,
and hit #4. To this day, the album remains a landmark of sorts in
heavy rock, with Gillan's screeching vocals pitted against BLACKMORE'S
fierce guitar playing. Such Deep Purple classics as "Black Night,"
and " Child in Time" were featured on the album which mainly generated
interest in the UK.
- In July, Deep Purple would tour the
United States with The Faces. Two months later, the band would release,
Fireball, an album that would also go Top 40 in the United States
and be their first chart-topping album in the UK. The band would
form their own label, Purple (distributed by EMI) in October before
heading to Montreux to record. On December 3rd, the band is recording
in the Montreux Casino in Switzerland when it burns down during
a set by Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. The rest is history,
as RITCHIE BLACKMORE and the group immortalize the incident in the
song, "Smoke on The Water," which would appear on the bands next
- Deep Purple release Machine Head,
which would also top the UK charts (and go to #7 in the U.S. charts)
and feature such worldwide rock classics as "Smoke on the Water,"
"Space Truckin'," "Lazy," and "Highway Star." The band - who
now had a monstrous live set only second to Led Zeppelin - would
remain on the road for 44 weeks of the year mainly in support of
Machine Head (as well as a compilation album on Warner Bros. Titled
Purple Passages). Twenty five years later, Machine Head is still
considered one of rock's all-time greatest albums.
- Made In Japan - an album that would
result from live recordings of their summer tour in '72 - is released
in January and reaches #6 in the United States. However, prior to
its release, it would sell huge quantities as an import. Another
album, Who Do We Think We Are, is released virtually simultaneously
and reaches #15 in the U.S. charts. In the middle of the year, Gillan
and Glover quit the band just prior to "Smoke on the Water" reaching
#4 on the singles charts and selling over a million copies. In September,
David Coverdale (who would be performing as the vocalist for a band
called The Fabuloser Brothers and would later go on to form Whitesnake
five years later) and bassist Glenn Hughes (ex-Trapeze) would both
answer an ad placed by Purple.
- In March, the band releases Burn,
which features the new line-up consisting of Coverdale and Hughes.
The change wouldn't affect the band's stride as the album reaches
the Top 10 in the U.S. charts. Deep Purple would release another
album toward the end of the year titled, Stormbringer, that would
make the Top 20. Also in November, an impostor posing as BLACKMORE
borrows a Porsche in Iowa City, IA, and wrecks it, having already
conned food and shelter from several Deep Purple fans, BLACKMORE
is actually with the band in San Francisco. The impostor is arrested
and charged with misrepresentation.
- In April, RITCHIE BLACKMORE would
depart Deep Purple to form a new band, RAINBOW. He teams up with
the core of the American band Elf, which contains Ronnie James Dio
on vocals (who along with BLACKMORE, would become one of the main
songwriters), Mickey Lee Soule on keyboards, Craig Gruber on bass,
and Gary Driscoll on drums. Prior to this formation, BLACKMORE recorded
"Black Sheep Of The Family" with Elf (on Purple Records) which had
toured as the support band for Deep Purple. In May, the band would
record Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow at Musicland Studios in Munich,
Germany. As the album escalates up the charts (reaching #30 in U.S.),
Soule, Gruber, and Driscoll would depart the band, and BLACKMORE
would recruit ex-Hariot bassist Jimmy Bain, ex-Blessings keyboardist
Tony Carey, and ex-Jeff Beck Group drummer Cozy Powell.
- In July, the band would release their first album with the new
line-up, Rainbow Rising. Beginning in August, the band would tour
the U.S. , Japan, Europe, and Canada for the remainder of the year.
- Early in the year, ex-Uriah Heep
bassist Mark Clarke would replace Jimmy Bain in the group. In May,
shortly after the band begins to record a new album Tony Carey and
Mark Clarke would depart, and BLACKMORE would concentrate instead
on a live album. Their replacements would be David Stone and Bob
Daisley, respectively. On Stage - the double-live album that BLACKMORE
has been concentrating on - is released. It would feature the line-up
of BLACKMORE, Dio, Carey, Bain, and Powell. A single from the album,
"Kill The King," would be RAINBOW'S first charting single. Later
in the year, the band would begin recording at Paris Studios to
complete their third studio album.
- Beginning in January, the band would
tour both the U.S. and Japan throughout most of the year. Long Live
Rock'n'Roll would be released in May, and enter the Top100. In November,
after ten months of touring, BLACKMORE becomes disillusioned with
the current line-up, keeping only Cozy Powell in the fold (Dio would
become a member of Black Sabbath). A month later, he plays at London's
Marquee club with ex-Deep Purple colleague Ian Gillan, and recruits
keyboardist Don Alrey to RAINBOW.
- RITCHIE BLACKMORE adds singer Graham
Bonnet (who had formerly recorded with The Marbles) and one-time
Deep Purple bandmate Roger Glover, completing the line-up. The Glover-produced
Down To Earth is released in September, and the first single "Since
You've Been Gone" (written by ex-Argent singer Russ Ballard) would
reach considerable success before the end of the year.
- In March, a single written by BLACKMORE
and Glover, "All Night Long," is released, reaching #5 in the UK
charts. In August, the band would headline the first annual Monsters
Of Rock festival in Castle Donnington. Powell and Bonnet depart
for solo careers shortly thereafter. Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner and
drummer Bob Rondinelli would join band. In the mean time, original
Deep Purple vocalist puts together a bogus line-up and tours as
Deep Purple. BLACKMORE and Glover need to take legal action to preserve
credibility of band and keep Evans from using name. Deepest Purple
/ The Very Best of Deep Purple would be released. Toward the end
of the year, a Deep Purple live album, In Concert, would be released
featuring tracks recorded between 1970-72.
- In February, RAINBOW would release
Difficult To Cure, which would spawn their highest charting UK single
to date, "I Surrender," also written by Ballard. Polydor UK recognizes
buzz and reissues the band's first hit single, "Kill The King,"
as well as its parent album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. In December,
the band releases a compilation album, The Best Of Rainbow.
- In April, the band would release Straight Between The Eyes which
would feature newest addition, keyboardist Dave Rosenthal. The first
single from the effort, "Stone Cold," goes Top 40, while the album,
itself, goes Top 30. The band goes on an extensive world tour (excluding
the UK) to promote the album. Deep Purple Live in London - originally
recorded for BBC Radio in 1974 - would be released in the UK.
- Bent Out of Shape - which would feature
the line-up of BLACKMORE, Glover, Turner, and newest addition, drummer
Chuck Burgi (formally of Brand X). The video for the single, "Street
of Dreams," would be banned from the newly-formed MTV as it visually
demonstrates hypnosis. In October, the band tours UK for the first
time since 1981, mostly in support of the recent album. A month
later, the album would generate interest in the States, subsequently
reaching #34 in the album charts. Despite MTV banning the single,
it does well without their exposure.
1983 - Blackmore gets nominated
for a Grammy for his soulful instrumental "Anybody There"
- RITCHIE BLACKMORE decides to put the band on hold as both he and
Roger Glover are approached to join the most successful line-up
of Deep Purple (with Gillan on vocals, Lord on keyboards, and Paice
on drums). The band begins a world tour. Prior to the trek, RAINBOW
performs its final tour in Japan with its final live show accompanied
by a Japanese symphony orchestra. The set includes BLACKMORE'S adaptation
of Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony." In November, Deep Purple signs
to Mercury Records in the States, and releases Perfect Strangers.
It would go to #17 on the U.S. charts.
In January, Deep Purple would release the first single from the
album, "Knocking At Your Back Door," following it up with the title
track, "Perfect Strangers." In July, a Deep Purple double compilation,
The Anthology is released in UK.
- A double compilation album, Finyl
Vinyl, is remixed for release by Roger Glover, containing many unheard
live tracks by RAINBOW, in addition to scarce tracks previously
only on singles B-sides. The release is considered a successful
coda to the band's career.
- The Deep Purple album, The House
of The Blue Light, is released in February and reaches Top 10 U.K.
and Top 40 U.S.. The band tours Europe extensively.
Nobody's Perfect - recorded live during the band's 1987 tour - is
released in July, and Deep Purple would embark on a two-month "Nobody's
Perfect " U.S. tour.
- In July, Ian Gillan quits the group
citing "musical differences."
- Deep Purple - now comprised of BLACKMORE,
Glover, Lord, Paice, and former RAINBOW vocalist, Joe Lynn, Turner
- would sign with RCA Records. The resulting album, Slaves & Masters,
would be released in November.
- Deep Purple will tour in support
of Slaves & Masters, encompassing the United States, S.America,
Europe, England, Japan, Greece, Israel, Hungary, and the Pacific
- Upon RCA Record's request, Ian Gillan
replaces Joe Lynn Turner prior to the band entering the studio again.
The result is an album called The Battle Rages On, which is produced
by Roger Glover and Tom Panunzio.
- Deep Purple - now with Gillan at
the helm - tours Europe. In the midst of the tour, BLACKMORE makes
it known that he's not pleased with the performance of Gillan thus
far, and plans to depart at the end of the European leg. The band
would complete the tour in Japan with guitarist Joe Satriani. Once
BLACKMORE returned to the States, he would begin recruiting musicians
for the formation of RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW.
- BLACKMORE holds auditions for the
new incarnation in upstate New York. by the end of the year, the
new band would consist of Scottish singer Doogle White (ex-Praying
Mantis) on vocals, keyboardist Paul Morris (ex-Doro Pesch), bassist
Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner), drummer
John O'Reilly (Ritchie Havens, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner)
and singer Candice Night ( who would go on to co-write the first
single, "Ariel," ) on background vocals.
- The band would begin recording songs
earlier in the year, and by September, the new album, Stranger in
Us All, would be complete. BMG International releases the album,
and within the first week of its availability would sell over 100,000
copies in Japan. This remarkable sales feat would be assisted by
Burrn! magazine heralding RITCHIE with no less than seven reader's
poll awards. Including "Best Guitarist," "Best Songwriter," "Best
Live Show," and "Best Song of the Year" for "Black Masquerade."
Similar accolades for RITCHIE would occur in Germany as he's named
"Best Guitarist" in a magazine poll. Shortly after the release of
Stranger in Us All, the video for the single, "Ariel," would be
played heavily on MTV Europe, further promoting album sales. Toward
the end of the year, RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW would tour Europe.
Chuck Burgi - who originally joined RAINBOW in 1983 - would replace
John O' Reilly to tour with RAINBOW as John sustained a soccer injury
just after completing the album.
- RAINBOW will play sold-out shows
in such locations as Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. After that successful
solo tour of South America, the band would perform in front of hundreds
of thousands during a European festival tour in support of such
bands as ZZ Top, Little Feat, and Deep Blue Something. The largest
crowd of the tour would be 40,000 fans. After one of the RAINBOW
concerts in Germany, Pat Boone - best known for his white shoes
- would call RITCHIE to ask if he'll contribute some guitar work
on his upcoming album of metal covers, Pat Boone : In A Metal Mood.
Amused and flattered at the same time by the project, RITCHIE provides
the guitar licks for Boone's rendition of "Smoke On The Water."
In addition to this tribute, RITCHIE records the song "Apache,"
for the Hank Marvin and The Shadows tribute album titled Twang.
Although destined but not eligible for induction yet, BLACKMORE
gets a display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
He also makes "his impression" by being inducted to Rock Walk in
Hollywood, California. Devoted fans of BLACKMORE point out that
he appears in the blockbuster movie, "Twister" (RITCHIE is performing
on TV during one of the tornado chases). In October, BLACKMORE begins
to record his acoustic Renaissance album titled, Shadow Of The Moon
which will not be a RAINBOW project... Instead, the new band will
be called "BLACKMORE'S NIGHT," incorporating the imagery of
the two main participants - BLACKMORE and vocalist/lyricist Candice
Night. The album will feature four songs taken from authentic Renaissance
music, with new lyrics and brought into a more contemporary sound.
Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson guests on one of the songs, "Play,
Minstrel, Play." In December, BMG Japan records a "making of " documentary
video as well as three performance videos for various proposed singles.
- RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW tours
the United States in support of Stranger In Us All beginning on
February 20th. The Rainbow U.S. tour coincides with the release
of the debut BLACKMORE'S NIGHT CD, Shadow Of The Moon, featuring
lyricist and lead singer Candice Night. The album is released in
Japan in late April, and would go on to sell an overwhelming 100,000
copies in just a matter of weeks. It would debut at #14 on the Billboard
Album Charts in Japan. On May 31, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow would
headline the Esbjerg Rock Festival in Denmark, performing to over
30,000 fans. In early June, SHADOW OF THE MOON is released in Europe
and would immediately chart. It remained on the charts for 17 weeks
- Deepest Purple goes gold and silver simultaneously in the U.S.
- Ritchie takes his new Blackmore's
Night band on his first acoustic/electric SHADOW OF THE MOON TOUR.
They play to sold out venues in Japan and Europe.
1998 SHADOW OF THE MOON
is released in the U.S.
- 'NO SECOND CHANCE ' a radio single
from Shadow of the Moon is released in Brazil, and spends three
weeks at chart position 5 on Brazil Radio.
May 8, 1998
'WISH YOU WERE HERE' the first
radio single release.
May 1998 Shadow
of the Moon is awarded Gold Record status for Japan. In the U.S.,
Shadow of the Moon reaches number 1 on the Gavin Up and Coming AC
Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore
return to the studio for the recording of the next Blackmore's Night
25, 1998 - Blackmore's Night
headlines the International Rock Award Ceremony in Athens, Greece.
- October 1998 - Blackmore's
Night returns to Europe to play in Churches, Synagogues, Castles
and Theaters for enchanted evenings of musical concerts.
- Ritchie Blackmore and Candice
Night film a special show for Chrysalis TV in London
1998 - Blackmore is guest
speaker on Kevin Bacon's radio show Guitar Legends
Back to the studio to finish recording Blackmore's Night newest
project - "Under A Violet Moon" due for Spring 1999 release with
Strawbs frontman John Ford contributing guest vocals on Wind In
- Rhino Records released the complete
Deep Purple box set..
1999 - Ritchie
Blackmore and Candice Night are featured on VH1's, "Where are
they Now" - this segment is one of the "best of VH1"
and runs continuously through 1999.
- Polygram releases the complete
re-mastered Rainbow albums.
- Under A Violet Moon is released in
Japan and immediately charts at #2 in Japan and #12 on the International
- Rainbow and Deep Purple are charted
in the top 10 rock bands of all time by Chrysalis TV Special.
- Under A Violet Moon is released
in Europe and charts on the Billboard International Charts at #20
- Under A Violet Moon is released in
the United States.
1999 - Blackmore's Night
is back in Europe for the Under A Violet Moon Castle tour. This
sold out tour is a groundbreaking castle tour throughout Europe.
1999 - Ritchie and Candice
tape upcoming show for CNN World Beat, and the Christmas Special
- Airing dates - Christmas day. They also tape a segment for
a "medieval special" to be aired in 2000.
- Blackmore's Night commences the
first leg of the US tour - bringing the Under A Violet Moon tour
to the Midwest/New York area. Blackmore's Night will perform
two charity shows in October to benefit the Saltare foundation to
bring Performing Arts to underprivileged children - also a charity
benefit show was performed for abused and homeless animals - donating
their time and proceeds of their Halloween show to Best Friends
Society and the North Shore Animal League.
- Daily Telegraph Sunday Edition
feature article on Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night.
- Blackmore's Night returns to tour
2000 - Blackmore's Night
will continue to tour Europe and Japan, and return to the castle
tours in the summer of 2000.
2000 - CNN Worldbeat airs
a special on renaissance music featuring Blackmore's Night
2000 - Blackmore's Night
returns to Europe for castle tour.
2001 - Fires At Midnight by Blackmore's Night is released
in Japan and
Europe, entering the International German Billboard charts at No.9
and the International Japanese charts at No. 20, Austrian charts
at No.34, Czech Republic charts at No.21, and Slovakia charts at
2001 - Fires At Midnight German Castle tour - Sold Out
Hamburg Charity Performance - All Blackmore's Night proceeds benefit
Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
- Fires At Midnight reaches Number 7 on the New Age Voice
US radio charts.
- Blackmore's Night Guest Appearance on Fernsehgarten Garden-German
TV, performing artist on Vabank and the Ice Hockey Stick of the
Year Program for Czech Nova TV and Blackmore's Night live performances
on the BingoLotto TV Show in Sweden.
2001 - Fires At Midnight video reaches Number 6 in Canadian
MusicMax TV charts.
- England, Holland, Denmark and Sweden - Fires At Midnight Tour
- Sold Out.
2001 - Times They Are A Changin' video from Fires At
Midnight wins the Number 1 TV video award three weeks straight and
takes Number 2 for fourth week on Nova TV Czech Republic.
- Fires At Midnight remains high on Russian charts - on " Open
Radio" in Moscow "The Times They Are A Changin'"
remains 9 weeks in the top 20 hit list. "I Still Remember"
enters rotation in top 20. Show business agency "Intermedia"
reports that Fires At Midnight is one of the top 10 International
pop bestsellers during Sept and Oct.
- Charity Benefit performance of Blackmore's Night - All Proceeds
go to North Shore Animal League and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
in Utah to feed and shelter homeless animals.
2002 - Blackmore's Night special guest performance at
the Czech Music Award Ceremony-filmed by Nova TV. Blackmore's
Night performs at Angel Music Award Ceremony in Prague. They
received an Eso Award from NOVA TV for their number one video The
Times They Are A Changin.
2002 - Ritchie records an amazing
electric guitar solo on Die
Geyers album. The song is called: Goettliche Devise.
Again (radio cut), 'All Because of You', 'Waiting Just For You'
remix, and 'Home Again' album version is released as a single and
the the proceeds are donated to the Red Cross to help the victims
of the terrible floods that occurred in Eastern Germany and the
June 2003 - All For
One from Ghost of A Rose is used as the theme song for the Japanese
syndication of the popular American program "Third Watch".
July 2003 - Ghost
of a Rose is released and is in the charts. #11 in Germany, #14
in Japan. Czech charts #2, Swedish charts #39.
2004 - Blackmore's
Night tours all over Europe, the Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia.
2004 - Ritchie and Candice meet the Burgermeister
of St Goar! See newspaper
clipping from July 2004.
September 2004 - Beyond the Sunset - The Romantic
Collection with additional DVD tracks and bonus holiday songs is
The Finest Collection of Blackmore's Night - All For One" is
released in Japan on Yamaha Music.
Blackmore's Night tours the north east of the USA.
October 2004 - Blackmore's
Night tours Japan.
All Because of You released as a single.
Beyond The Sunset is at number 3 on the New Age Reporter charts
in the USA!
2 BN tunes, Gone
With The Wind and Shadow of the Moon, are chosen for the soundtrack
compilation of the German TV series - The magical Story of the Rings:
Die Nibelungen the Ring of the Nibelungs
www.ring-of-the-nibelungs.com | www.sat1.de/nibelungen
December 2004 - Christmas
Eve by Blackmore's Night is released as a single.
December 2004 - Number
1 for 2004!!!!!! Beyond The Sunset - The Romantic Collection won
the award from New Age Reporter for Vocal Album of The Year!!!
December 2004 - Cozy
Noses and Warm Hearts: Our Renaissance Festive Holiday Dinner was
a huge success with representatives from 12 states. We were able
to raise over $1200 for Save A Pet and Little Shelter animal rescue
centers on Long Island.
December 2004 - Ritchie
is voted the #1 guitarist in Italy in a poll done by Chitarristi
December 2004 - Japan
- The popular TV show Third Watch uses "All For One" from
the Ghost of A Rose album by Blackmore's Night as its theme song.
2004 - Double Gold
albums in the Czech Republic. Fires At Midnight and Ghost of a Rose
were awarded gold records at a special
ceremony held at Cartouche in Prague.
January 2005 - Beyond
the Sunset - The Romantic Collection, wins the New Age Reporter
award for the #1 New Age Vocal Album of the Year!
2005 - Die Burg commercial featuring Blackmore's
Night song Lorelei.
February 2005 - Blackmore's
Night tours the west coast of USA for the 1st time!
February 2005 - Fender
and Hewlett Packard announced the completion of the first HP/Fender
commercial. The commercial aired for the first time during the Academy
Awards on ABC. After the trials and tribulations of the new guitar
players, you can hear the master playing the riff for "Smoke
on the Water".
April 2005 - Ritchie
Blackmore was voted the #2 guitarist of the year in Japan's Burrn
Magazine, April 2005 issue.
May 2005 - The DVD
Castles and Dreams enters high in the charts in Europe.
Sweden - # 2 ,Germany - # 3 , Austria - # 4 , Italy - # 8 , England
December 2005 - Blackmore's
Night Holiday single "Christmas Eve" hits the Adult Contemporary
Billboard Charts at #38! The 1st time that Ritchie Blackmore has
been on the A/C charts and the 1st time Blackmore's Night has charted
in Billboard for the USA!
January 2006 - Blackmore's
Night Castles and Dreams debuts on WLIW as a 1 hour special to help
the fund drive for public television. Ritchie and Candice are live
in the studio and the other band members even take turns answering
the fund drive phones for Public Television Stations. The special
continues to be aired throughout America into 2007.
January 2006 - Blackmore's
Night "Street Of Dreams" was chosen as the ending theme
song for "Junk Sports" broadcast on Fuji TV, Japan's biggest
TV station. Guests include famous sports personalities such as Tiger
Woods (golf), David Beckham (soccer) & Maria Sharapova (tennis).
January 2006 - Castles
and Dreams debut on American television. PBS specials run throughout
the year of 2006 nationwide.
January 2006 - Village
Lanterne is released in Japan.
January 2006 - Village
Lanterne moves to #6 in the Japanese Oricon charts for domestically
released international artists!
Blackmore's Night enters the
Contemporary charts at #38 with their holiday single Christmas
March/April 2006 -
Village Lanterne released in Europe and USA reaching various high
chart positions worldwide.
March 2006- USA/Canada: “The
Village Lanterne” debuts at Number 5 on the New Age Reporter Radio
Top 100 Airplay chart.. For April the cd moves up to Number 2
March 2006 Within three weeks of release The Village
Lanterne has goes gold in Russia and in the Czech Republic it goes
to Number 3 on the international Charts
2006 - Burrn
Magazine Reported: Burrnin Albums Charts: Blackmore's Night Village
Lanterne ranks Number 2, and Burrnin DVD's Charts Castles and Dreams
ranks number 1.
May 2006 - “The Village Lanterne”
places Number 2 on the NewAgeReporter.com Top 100 Airplay chart for
2006 - Blackmore's
Night Village Lanterne enters the Czech charts at number 3!
June 2006 - Village
Lanterne charts on NAR at #3 in the USA
Summer 2006 -Dark
Kingdom: The Dragon King debuts on the SCI FI Channel in the USA
and releases the soundtrack cd which includes 2 Blackmore's Night
tracks : Gone With the Wind and Shadow of the Moon.
November 2006 - Winter Carols
entered the radio charts at number 4for Public Radio Stations and
College Stations throughout the USA.
New Age Reporter
November 2006 Top 100 Airways Chart
December 2006 - Winter Carols by
Blackmore's Night still in top 8 on USA Billboard charts three weeks
straight!!! Thank you to our fans!!!
(Dec 9 chart)
December 2006 - USA Radio Media
charts, " Christmas Eve" # 30 on Adult Contemporary Radio Charts!!!!
December 2006 - "Christmas Eve"
gets played throughout Disneyland! On their Disney Village Radio
(Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, dans la rue du Disney Village, le marchť
de NoŽl and in the streets and the Christmas market of the Village
December 2006 - Save A Pet and Blackmore's Night: Thanks
to all who made donations for
Save a Pet
at our charity show. We collected over $1000 and many dogs and cats
had a good holiday.
December 2006 - Winter Carols
debuted at #7 on USA Billboard New Age Charts!!
Click here for chart.
December 2006 - Blackmore's Night
staying power in Billboard charts! Winter Carols spends 5 weeks in
the Billboard New Age charts- TOP 10 in USA.
January 2007 - "Winter Carols"
remained in the top of the charts for first week of January at #15
November 2007 - Blackmore's
Night works together to help raise funds for the animals on their
USA tour. Partnering up with:
New Leash On
the Helen O
Krause Animal Foundation in Pennsylvania,
Save A Pet
for the New York City Show and more.
December 2007 - Paris Moon is
NUMBER 1 in November and December for the top 100 New Age Reporter
April 2007 - Ritchie's
most famous riff does it again!
Smoke on the Water
Ritchie's famous riff breaks the world record!! Read about it on
We are also so very happy to be partners once again this year with
the World Wildlife Fund in Germany. An additional donation from each
ticket will be used to help save the Sumatran Tigers.
here to read.
The DVD/Cd box set, Paris
moon, reaches #1 on the NAR charts. Christmas Eve, the holiday
single, was #26 on the
German radio charts
January 2008 - Blackmore's Night gets
triple nominations for Paris Moon by NAR: Best Vocal Album, Best
Album and Best Celtic Album.
May 2008 - Ritchie did it
again!! Smoke On The Water voted number 1 Guitar riff!!!
May 2008 - Ritchie's famous riff wins #1 in the UK Daily
July 2008 - New
cd release Secret Voyage
Secret Voyage enters the USA New Age Billboard charts at #1
"Secret Voyage" is #2 on the September 2008 New Age Reporter Top 100
- Blackmore's Night Honored In Germany for DVD Sales - Blackmore's
Night received a gold DVD award at the Aegi Theater in Hannover
Germany for reaching gold status in Germany for their dvd Castles
- Blackmore's Night performs their annual invitation only
Holiday Charity show! We were able to raise funds for Save A
Pet, Little Shelter and North Shore Animal League!
- "Secret Voyage" is playing throughout
Disney Village Disneyland Paris (Hotels, Restaurants, Bars,
streets, etc) Songs played are: 1. Can't Help Falling in Love 2. Far
Far Away 3. Empty Words 4. Rainbow Eyes
- Blackmore's Night song Olde Mill Inn is heard in Jim Carrey's
newest film "Yes
- "Secret Voyage" was chosen as the winner of the Best Celtic Album
New Age Reporter!
- Secret Voyage has been nominated for Top NAR awards in three
categories- Best Vocal Album of 2008 - Best Celtic album of 2008 -
Best cover artwork for a cd in 2008
- Secret Voyage was still riding
high on Top of Billboards New Age Charts 63 weeks!!!!!
Sept 2010 - Autumn Sky Cd
Enters at #15 in German charts.
Sept 2010 - Autumn sky enters
the Swedish chart position at 36
Sept 2010 - Autumn Sky charted
in Greece at #23 charted at number 11 in Czech
Sept 2010 - In Finland Autumn
Sky charts at number 29.
Sept 20 2010
- Autumn Sky was chosen as CD of the Week on Antene Brandenburg!
- Ritchie Blackmore, who was instrumental in the Rock Aid Armenia
Project, was awarded `Honorary Medal of the Prime Minister of
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the charity in which classic
rock stars from all over the world gathered to contribute their
talents on to Ritchie's classic anthem Smoke on the Water .
All proceeds were donated to the Armenian Earthquake victims
with Blackmore's Night on the Gauntlet!
award for the
Best Vocal Album of the Year!
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