History of the song "Catch the Rainbow" - Rainbow (1975)
In 1975, Ritchie Blackmore decided to leave Deep Purple to start a solo career. He attracted Ronnie James Dio and other members of Elf, and a new band "Rainbow" was formed. It means "rainbow" in English.
The initial album was immodestly and pretentiously titled "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow". The fans especially remembered the spectacular ballad "Catch the Rainbow".
The process of creating a composition
Written by Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio.
In his comments on the creative history of the song, Ronnie says the following:
If we talk about the lyrics, the song refers to the Middle Ages era. The story concerns a young stable boy doing this very thing with a noble lady. As soon as it gets dark, she sneaks in to spend a night of lovemaking on a straw bed. They seem fine and have hope for the future, but we know: it's doomed, as it always is, and life takes them in different directions. I'm sure Richie, like me, is satisfied and even proud of this work.
Release and success
This song ends the first side of the album's LP, released in the spring of 1975. There was no single.
The song was performed by Opeth at a Dio tribute performance. The cover was included on the album "Defiance" by Jack Starr and the band Burning Starr. This particular version was included in the compilation that was dedicated to Dio.