Born Randall William Rhoads on December 6, 1956 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica CA, Randy Rhoads lead a life that centered around music until his untimely death on March 19, 1982. While his impact on the guitar world may never be fully understood, his contributions can be found in the work of many rock and roll and classical guitarists who list Rhoads as a major impact influence.
His love and understanding of music can be rightfully attributed to his mother, Delores Rhoads, who introduced him to music at a young age. After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in music, she taught in the Los Angeles School system before playing piano professionally. In 1949 she started the Musonia School of Music in North Hollywood, CA, which she continues to operate today. Randy's father was also a music teacher, but deserted the family when Randy was 17 months old, leaving Mrs. Rhoads to raise three children, Randy, Kellie and Kathy, while she directed the music program at Musonia.