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Randy Rhoads

 (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982)

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Randall William "Randy" Rhoads is a bonafide rock legend that was taken away from the music world and his loved ones far too soon on that fateful day of his tragic passing in a plane crash back on March 19, 1982.

Randy was only 25 years old at the time of his death.

Randy Rhoads

With the blessings of the family of late OZZY OSBOURNE/QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads, Dakota Pictures and director Peter Margolis began filming the "Randy Rhoads Documentary" on March 19, 2007 at the Mountain View Cemetery in San Bernardino, California. In hopes to fully capture the significance of the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing, the filmmakers interviewed as many of Randy's fans as possible.

For more information, visit http://www.randyrhoadsfilm.com/

A number of photos were taken for The Metal Den at Randy Rhoads' gravesite at the Mountain View Cemetery on March 19, 2007 to mark the 25th anniversary of Randy's passing. They have been posted online HERE.

In 1982, Rhoads, the then-lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE, and two others were killed at Flying Baron Estates, just outside Leesburg, Florida, when their small plane struck Osbourne's tour bus, then crashed into a mansion.

"All Randy ever wanted to do was play the guitar. I don't remember him ever saying he wanted to do anything else. I can remember really well the time before he played guitar. He was a very intelligent kid who got good grades in school, and he didn't even have to try. And that should underscore anyone's understanding of Randy is that he was so kind. Man, he was probably the kindest human being I ever met. I don't think he could have offended anybody, and I never saw him get mad. And he was like that as a child." — Kelle Rhoads

Some of Randy's accomplishments:

  • Voted "Best New Talent" by the readers of Guitar Player magazine in December 1981
  • Voted "Best Heavy Metal Guitarist" by the readers of UK-based Sounds magazine in December 1981
  • Placed 85th on Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists.
  • Placed 4th on Guitar World Magazine's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists.
  • Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley placed 9th and 28th respectivley on Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos readers poll.
  • Named one of the fastest guitar players in Guitar World's 50 Fastest Guitarists list.
  • "Crazy Train" placed 51 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" list.
  •  http://www.randyrhoads.tk/