Guitar prodigy Randy Rhoads at the age 15.
It’s never too late to remember the late unforgettable guitarist Rhandy Rhoads, who passed away 35 years ago yesterday in 1982, aged just 25.
I found this recording on You Tube where he’s playing some blues with another guitarist older than him. In this recording he was 15 years old, one year before to meet bassist Kelli Garni to found the heavy metal band Quiet Riot.
Randy founded the Quiet Riot at age of 16 with bassist Kelly Garni at the first under the name Match1. In the late 1969 Randy was recluteted by Black Sabbath’s vocalist, the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, to form a new band. Ozzy was impressed from his solo during the audition in his hotel room in Los Angeles, immediately he gave him the job as lead guitarist in his new band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz from the title of their debut album released on 20 September 1980 which included track like Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley. Just one year later they released the 2nd album “Diary of a Madman”, the last Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads. One more time guitar work of Rhoads has received much praise. The band start a promotional tour of the Album. On Thursday, March 18, 1982, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, in Tenneessee, Randy Rhoades gave his last show.
On the next day, Friday, March 19, 1982, after driving for all night, the band stopped for some problems to bus, in a property with an airstrip and small planes, in Leesburg, Florida. Here the tour bus driver Andrew Aycock took a plane without permission for a joy ride with some members. Makeup artist Rachel Youngblood was aboard with Rhoads when the plane a mansion struck a van and crashed into the house. Randall William “Randy” Rhoads was killed in the crash. He was born on Dec. 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, he was just 25 years old.