Randy Rhoads: A Tragic Hero

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Even though his body was burnt to ashes, his popularity was only beginning to escalate. Randy Rhoads was only a guitarist for ten years, and yet he is one of the biggest influences on young guitarists today. Rhoads’ career lasted only a short while before he was tragically killed. Randy Rhoads’ shooting-star career was thanks to his early life, his early career, his career with Ozzy Osbourne, and his shocking and heart wrenching sudden death. Randy Rhoads was born on December 6, 1956. Since a young age, Randy wanted to play music. He took piano lessons for a short time, only for the purpose of learning to read music. After he gained the ability to read music, he began taking guitar lessons at the age of six or seven at his mother’s music school. …show more content…
Quiet Riot recorded two albums, Quiet Riot 1 (1978) and Quiet Riot 2 (1979) which were both more popular in Japan than in the U.S. (Randy Rhoads Biography/ Timeline) Like the band Van Halen, Quiet Riot did, however, become a major draw on the L.A. club circuit. (Randy Rhoads Biography) Randy was very self-conscious about how he looked on stage, so he often dressed exceptionally well, often wearing polka dotted outfits. He would, more often than not, incorporate his initials “RR” into the various outfits he wore. After a while, Randy became frustrated that Quiet Riot was getting nowhere so he quit. Roughly five months after leaving the band, Randy went to a man named Karl Sandoval to have a custom guitar made that was in a “V” shape and the body was black with white polka …show more content…
Many of the songs on that album showcased Randy’s talent. The album was a major hit which genuinely surprised the band. In December of
1980, for Christmas, Randy went to another man, Grover Jackson, to have another “V” shaped guitar made. A year after Blizzard of Ozz was put out, in February of 1981, the band recorded their next album Diary of a Madman which would be Randy’s last. On March 19, 1982, Randy was on tour with Ozzy. Ozzy awoke to a loud explosion outside the tour bus. Ozzy thought they had hit a vehicle on the road and began screaming at his fiancé Sharon to get off the bus. When he left the, he saw that a plane had crashed into a nearby mansion. He had no clue that three of his people died in the plane crash. Andrew Aycock, the tour bus’ driver who had an expired pilot’s license, had taken a Beechcraft Bonanza from a nearby mansion without permission. Aycock had convinced Randy and Rachel Youngblood, the band’s chef, to take a short joyride even though Randy, who was then 25, had a fear of flying. Aycock made three passes over the bus, apparently trying to “buzz” the passengers. However, on the third pass, the wing of the plane clipped the side of the bus sending the plane spiraling out of control, hitting a nearby pine tree, and nose-diving into a nearby mansion. Every passenger on the plane was killed in the crash. All of their bodies were burnt beyond recognition but Rhoads was identified by his jewelry. According to toxicology

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