In this lesson we will look at the classic 80's hit Since You've Been Gone by Ritchie Blackmore's Raindow.
"Since You Been Gone" is a rock song written by former Argent guitarist Russ Ballard, and first released on his 1976 album, Winning. It was produced by Roger Glover.
Rainbow's cover version, with Graham Bonnet on lead vocals, was a Top 10 single in the United Kingdom and was named the 82nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1. Rainbow's version was used in a 2009 T-Mobile commercial filmed at Liverpool Street station in London, England.
Other cover versions include those by South African all-girl band Clout on their 1978 album, Substitute, aka Clout, and Head East on their eponymous 1978 album, reaching #46 on the Billboard Hot 100. Former Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie recorded the song as a duet with her sister, Marie Currie, on their 1980 album Messin' with the Boys. Their version reached #95 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Alcatrazz, also fronted by Graham Bonnet, covered the song on their album Live Sentence with Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar, and yet another Bonnet fronted outfit, Impellitteri, recorded it for their 1988 debut album Stand in Line.
Brian May of Queen performed the song live on the Back to the Light tour in 1993 and it appears on the Live at the Brixton Academy multi-format release.