Randall William "Randy" Rhoads is an American heavy metal guitarist, which played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He was was born on December 6, 1956 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. A dedicated student of classical guitar, Rhoads frequently joined his classical music inspiration with his own heavy metal style. While touring with Ozzy Osbourne, he is looking out for a classical guitar tutors for lessons. Although his only short career, he is a great influence on neo-classical metal players that appear in the 1980s, like Michael Angelo Batio, and Jason Becker, Yngwie Malmsteen. He is considered as an influence by current heavy metal guitarists. He is among of numerous 'Greatest Guitarist' lists.
Randy Rhoads begin playing guitar at the age of six on his "Army-Navy" (grandfather's old Gibson ) classical acoustic guitar. He attain to play folk guitar (a very known way to learn guitar at that time), but he did not take lessons for a very long time. He is always developing toward a hard rock/metal lead guitar style although he was heavily inspired by classical music too.
When Rhoads reach the age of 14, he formed a cover band called Violet Fox (Violet was his mother's middle name ), with his brother Kelle on drums. Violet Fox played numerous performances in the "Grand Salon" at Musonia. After the Violet Fox broke up, he trained Kelly Garni (his best friend) how to play bass and they created a band which they called "The Whore".