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When he was aiming to be the fastest player in the world

One Peter Carter, who was a professional musician since the 60s, tells the stories of how he crossed paths way back then with a virtuoso guitar player called Ritchie Blackmore.

By the by, that Czardas tune he refers to is probably a violin piece by Italian composer Vittorio Monti based on the traditional Hungarian folk dance csárdás (pronounced more like ‘chardash’). Here it is interpreted on guitar by Paco de Lucia:

Thanks to Amit for the heads up.

4 Comments to “When he was aiming to be the fastest player in the world”:

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    DeeperPurps says:

    I really enjoyed Peter Carter’s story of Blackmore back in the Hamburg days. Very interesting and well presented. I hope he does other videos in future.

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Speaking of bands & players… HEY UWE!!!, the band is pretty good, but do you guys play any stuff other than the Stones?. The singer sounds a bit like Mick, but I reckon he should stretch his wings a little… perhaps Aerosmith’s Big Ten Inch Record would fit the bill?. Keep on rockin’ mate!.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    @Blackmore Richmore: Am I being stalked?! ; – ) Thanks for taking the time! No, my current band is my first pure cover band (I finally succumbed to prevailing market tastes, it is nearly impossible to find gigs with own material), I always played in bands with own material before (I write und arrange myself) and we only do Stones (for now at least). It was the keyboard player’s idea (when he heard Thomas sing) and Thomas (the singer/rhythm guitarist/occasional lead guitarist) and I went along for the ride just to see how far we can take it. Thomas has of course been hearing the Jagger comparison all his life (and he is a Stones fan), I’ve been playing with him for decades since the early 80ies when we were both members of a band that sang German and was musically a cross between new wave/Neue Deutsche Welle and hard rock.

    So why does a lifelong DP fan play in a Stones tribute? Ironically, I could never play in a Purple tribute! I have refused it in the past. It would take away from Purple’s music for me if I performed it myself. To this day, I even go out of my way NOT to learn DP songs – whenever I learn a Purple number, it inevitably loses some of its magic for me. But of course Purple has left its mark – we rock harder than the Stones and the Hammond is much more prominent, the keyboarder regular solos and while I appreciate Bill Wyman, my bass playing is more influenced by Nick Simper, Roger Glover and Glenn Hughes – my bandmates refer to my style of playing as “lead bass”. We sometimes joke that we should call ourselves either “Deep Stones” or “Rolling Purple”. And in our rehearsal space there is a framed Ritchie Blackmore Mk II live photo behind my bass rig which has Thomas roll his eyes everytime. (“You’re NOT Ritchie Blackmore, you’re a friggin’ bass player, accept it!!!”) ; – )

    Covering the Stones otoh is easy for me, I like them (though I was never a fan), but I’m not as emotionally tied to them. That said, sometimes when the Hammond roars and I go into Glover style pumping bass mode …

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Well done Uwe & more power to you & the band!. No, wasn’t stalking… just happened upon a video while surfing on Youtube… oh those honky tonk women…. 👅

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