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Kill The King by Rainbow
Album: Long Live Rock & RollReleased: 1978Charted:
Despite the violent imagery in this manically fast Rock song, lead singer Ronnie James Dio claims it is about a chess game. (thanks, Charlie - Rome, Italy)
This originally was Rainbow's debut in the UK singles chart, peaking at #44. After the commercial success of "Since You've Been Gone," "All Night Long" and "I Surrender," "Kill the King" was re-released in 1981 this time climbing to #41.
Ritchie Blackmore was inspired to take up the Strat after seeing Jimi Hendrix in concert and he bought a second-hand Fender with a warped neck from Eric Clapton's guitar tech of the time.