Favorite 70's Rock Songs #5 - "Man on the Silver Mountain"

@teamfreak16 (33480)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 21, 2017 5:21pm CST
Halfway there in my Favorite 70's Rock Songs series, inspired by the 70's countdown by @TRBRocks420 awhile back. I've used it before, but #5 belongs to "Man on the Silver Mountain" by Rainbow. Rainbow was formed by Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in Hertfordshire, England in 1975. Despite numerous lineup changes (Blackmore has been known to fire guys on the spot simply because he didn't care for their style of play,) and a couple of hiatuses, the band is still going. Rainbow has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Rainbow's 1975 debut, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, featured vocalist Ronnie James Dio and his band, Elf (whom, other than Dio, Blackmore would soon sack.) The album is certified silver in the UK. Essentially, "Man on the Silver Mountain" sounds pretty much like Deep Purple with Ronnie James Dio on vocals. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however. It might sound a bit tame by today's standards, but this was pretty heavy stuff in 1975. Dio, who contributed heavily to the lyrics, had one of heavy metal's all-time great voices, and Ritchie Blackmore is, well, the great Ritchie Blackmore. Together, they made a formidable pair. (Not so Fun Fact: "Man on the Silver Mountain" are the words appearing on Dio's gravestone.) The song was that good. Of all the great music Dio put out during his life, he is most remembered for this. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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@NJChicaa (26080)
• United States
21 Apr
How is it that we live in the same country and I never know any of your favorite songs?
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Apr
I've been listening to a lot of different stuff since I was a kid. Eventually, I started searching stuff out. That's all, I'd say. I've just been at it a long time.
@NJChicaa (26080)
• United States
21 Apr
@teamfreak16 I was considered the well "read" person about music in high school and college because I knew a lot about alternative bands and groups like Fishbone, Sublime, 311, etc. Back then they hadn't "hit" yet. Then I stopped listening to the radio and that was the end of that. Now, even worse, I listen to some country. All I listen to at home is the Kenny Chesney Pandora station. He is kinda beachy-country which works for me b/c I'm a Parrothead.
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Apr
@NJChicaa - My girlfriend loves Kenny Chesney. Plays him all the time.
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@amadeo (43817)
• United States
21 Apr
Scott my man.Are you a dancer there.With all the music there one cannot help just move? I like the other one better.
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Apr
Two wildly different styles of music. But since you are a dancer, I can see that.
@amadeo (43817)
• United States
21 Apr
@teamfreak16 are you A dancer?
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Apr
@amadeo - I used to. Not so much anymore.
@Ronrybs (7077)
• London, England
22 Apr
I recognised the little picture before I opened the article. A first for me! Having said that not one of my favourite tracks
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Apr
Ah man, I thought I had one!
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@andriaperry (28180)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Apr
I was 10 years old in 75, But I do remember deep purple.
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Apr
I was only 11.
@JohnRoberts (36031)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Apr
That is just good hard 70s rock. Dio had a great rock voice.
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
22 Apr
I think he was one of the best.
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@JolietJake (37808)
21 Apr
I made a reference to Ritchie years ago on a radio program saying he was known to change band members more often than guitar picks
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@teamfreak16 (33480)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
21 Apr
That sounds about right. Seems like everybody was in Rainbow at one time or another.
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