Randy Rhoads American Heavy metal guitarist

The Beginning

Randy Rhoads was born on December 6, 1956 in Santa Monica, California to William Rhoads and Delores Rhoads. Both his parent were music teachers and one of his two older siblings was also a musician. When Randy turned 1 his father left the family to remarry, his mother also opened a music school in north Hollywood to be able to support herself and the three children. Since they didn't have a stereo, the children were used to making their own music to entertain themselves. At the age of seven, Randy started taking Folk and Classical guitar lessons at his mother's music school. He eventually became interested in electric guitar and was taught by a man named Scott Shelly. Who came to Randy's mother and said that he could no longer teach her son because his knowledge of the electric guitar had exceeded his own. During this he was also taking piano lessons to help him better understand music.

Best Friends

When Randy started middle school at John Muir Middle School in Burbank, California, he met a fellow classmate named Kelly Garni. They quickly became best friends, and over time Garni learned how to play bass guitar from Rhoads. They formed a band named "The W@*$#", which was Randy's first band. They did rehearsals during the day at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco. During this time, Rhoads learned how to play lead guitar. This continued for several months until Randy's older brother, Kelle, joined the band playing the drums. They called themselves " Violet Fox", which was named after his mother's middle name. They stayed together for five months and played several time at the Grand Salon at Mursonia. One night, Randy and Kelle went to a concert where Alice Cooper was playing, Kelle said that afterwards Randy was mesmerized. It was at this point that something clicked in Randy's mind that said, he could be this, he could have this talent.

A picture of Randy, Kelle, and Kelly at a birthday party.

Randy's mother, Delores Rhoads.

A picture of Kelly Garni at a performance.

Quiet Riot

At age 16, Randy and Kelly formed another band called "Little Women". It was also during this time that Randy started teaching guitar at his mother's music school during the day and playing live gigs at night. It was only when the brothers added Kevin DuBrow to the band as their lead vocalist, that they changed their band name to "Quiet Riot". Randy Rhoads played his last gig on Thursday March, 18, 1982 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, and on his way to a festival in Orlando his plane crashed and he died instantly.


For equipment, while others had many guitars, randy only kept a couple around and used basic/simple equipment.

Here is a short interview of him when he got an award in 1981.

Many different solo's were done by Randy over the years, here are a few examples. of solo's from different songs.


Rhoads has influenced many guitarist including Bucket head, Paul Gilbert, and Mike McCready. He also had a guitar made specifically for him because of his polka oriented fashion. The guitar was made by Karl Sandoval, and was a polka dot Flying V-style guitar that soon became Randy's favorite.


Biography and all other info:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Rhoad

Rhoads Interview:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP16tyFl-I0

Randy Rhoads Solo's:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fqbKVkhz6U

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