Above: Guitar World cover feature – June, 1987
Randy Rhoads was born on December 6th, 1956 and tragically passed away on March 19th, 1982 at the very young age of 25. During a tour with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads passed away from injuries sustained in a small plane crash, in Leesburg, Florida. Randy Rhoads to this very minute, is mentioned, discussed and immortalized on both social media and within the entire Heavy Metal and Hard Rock communities.
Beloved music legends that have made an impact on countless fans and musicians, worldwide, never die; Randy Rhoads is one such beloved legend and his spirit still speaks to us all through his recorded guitar playing. Randy Rhoads made his biggest impact while with Ozzy Osbourne, with touring and being featured on Ozzy’s first two studio albums along with one full-length live album.
Above: Guitar Magazine (August – 1990)
The launching pad to world fame began for Randy Rhoads when he and Kelly Garni founded Quiet Riot, initially under the band name of Mach 1. Randy would be featured on the first two studio albums from Quiet Riot, both released in Japan only, back in 1977 and 1978. From his humble beginnings with Quiet Riot to global stardom with Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads would become a pioneer of the Neo-Classical guitar movement and an entire new book on the meaning of Heavy Metal was written. Once a Randy Rhoads guitar riff and/or solo gets stuck in my head, it’s there for days! I believe I’m not the only one who can say that either.
Through the pages of Heavy Metal history, it has been well documented that Randy Rhoads was a guitar teacher and touched many musicians lives, while growing up within a musical family. The Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, California, was started by Randy Rhoads’ mother Delores Rhoads and exists to this day, currently being run by Randy’s brother: Kelle Rhoads. If you want to read an insightful and touching remembrance of Randy Rhoads as a guitar teacher, you must read the story written by the famed and talented guitarist Janet Robin, by clicking the link below:
I have compiled below, a pictorial discography of Randy Rhoads. Man, I wish I owned the first two Quiet Riot albums! Please let me know if there is any rare album missing from the list. Long live the musical spirit of Randy Rhoads. Metal be thy name. – Stone
RANDY RHOADS – DISCOGRAPHY
QUIET RIOT – debut & self-titled (1977)
QUIET RIOT – II (1978)
QUIET RIOT – The Randy Rhoads Years (1993)
OZZY OSBOURNE – Blizzard Of Ozz (1980)
OZZY OSBOURNE – Live EP (1980)
OZZY OSBOURNE – Diary Of A Madman (1981)
OZZY OSBOURNE / RANDY RHOADS – Tribute
RANDY RHOADS – TRIBUTE ALBUMS:
Randy Rhoads – Tribute (2000)
This Tribute album to Randy Rhoads features cover songs of ten Ozzy Osbourne classics that Randy helped write and (of course) played on. Featured guest artists include: Sebastian Bach, Joe Lynn Turner, Jake E. Lee, Mark Slaughter, etc.
Above: Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute was released on March 2nd of this month. A potpourri of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal artists (Tim “Ripper” Owens, Bruce Kulick, Tom Morello, Brad Gillis, etc.) contribute in covering many Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne songs that Randy Rhoads wrote and played on.
LONG LIVE METAL.
REST IN PEACE, RANDY RHOADS.