Randy Rhoads Caricature


Randy Rhoads Caricature, illustrated here recording Ozzy Osbourne’s “Blizzard Of Ozz” album at Ridge Farm Studio, West Sussex, England in May 1980, age 23.

Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style.

Growing up in Santa Monica, California, at age 16, Rhoads and Kelly Garni formed the band Little Women. Recruiting lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth, the band soon changed its name to Quiet Riot.
Quiet Riot quickly became one of the most popular acts on the Los Angeles club circuit, and by late 1976 were signed to CBS/Sony Records. Rhoads’ “polka-dot theme” became the visual focal point of the band, as many fans began showing up at Quiet Riot shows wearing polka-dot bow-ties and vests, emulating what the guitarist wore on stage.

Randy Rhoads’s Karl Sandoval Polka Dot Flying V guitar, a hybrid of a Gibson and a Fender, was completed in September 1979.
In the fall of 1979, Rhoads left Quiet Riot.

In late 1979, ex-Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne was in Los Angeles, attempting to form a new band. Rhoads was invited to audition and got the gig.
He contributed to three Ozzy albums: “Blizzard Of Ozz” (1980), “Mr. Crowley Live EP” (1980) and “Diary Of A Madman” (1981).

Due to Osbourne’s heavy drinking and substance abuse, Rhoads had already made the decision to part ways with Osbourne once his contractual obligations had been fulfilled.

Rhoads played his last show on Thursday, March 18, 1982, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The next day, the band was heading to a festival in Orlando, Florida.
After driving much of the night, they stopped at Flying Baron Estates in Leesburg, Florida, to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning unit on the bus while Osbourne remained asleep. On the property, owned by the Calhoun Brothers tour bus company, there was an airstrip with small helicopters and planes.
Without permission, tour bus driver and private pilot Andrew Aycock took a single-engine Beechcraft F35 plane registered to a Mike Partin. In his second flight, he took Rhoads and makeup artist Rachel Youngblood aboard.

In a second attempt to “buzz” the tour bus, Aycock succeeded in making two close passes, but botched the third attempt. The plane’s wing clipped the top of the tour bus, severed the top of a pine tree and crashed into the garage of a nearby mansion, bursting into flames.
All three passengers died in the crash.

Rhoads was 25 years old.

On January 18, 2017, Rhoads was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for defining heavy metal lead guitar.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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