Deep Purple

Deep Purple
Deep Purple in 2004
Deep Purple in 2004; L–R: Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Don Airey and Steve Morse
Background information
OriginHertford, Hertfordshire, England
Years active
  • 1968–1976
  • 1984–present
Associated acts
Past members
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Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford, Hertfordshire, in 1968.[1] They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock,[2][3] although their musical approach has changed over the years.[4] Originally formed as a psychedelic rock and progressive rock band, they shifted to a heavier sound with their 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock.[5] Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies".[6] They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre[7][8] and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.[9][10][11]

Deep Purple have had several line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The 1968–1976 line-ups are commonly labelled Mark I, II, III and IV.[12][13] Their second and most commercially successful line-up consisted of Ian Gillan (vocals) and Roger Glover (bass), who joined founding members Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums) and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973 and was revived from 1984 to 1989 and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (lead vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 with the line-up including David Coverdale (lead vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals) (and Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band's line-up (currently including Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although keyboardist Jon Lord's retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.

Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme,[14] and a poll on radio station Planet Rock ranked them 5th among the "most influential bands ever".[15] The band received the Legend Award at the 2008 World Music Awards. Deep Purple (specifically Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Gillan, Glover, Coverdale, Evans, and Hughes) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

  1. ^ Shades of Deep Purple album sleeve notes pp. 4–5.
  2. ^ Wasler, Robert (1993). Running with the Devil: power, gender, and madness in heavy metal music. Wesleyan University Press. p. 10. ISBN 9780819562609.
  3. ^ Michael Campbell & James Brody (2008). Rock and Roll: An Introducction. p. 213. ISBN 978-0534642952.
  4. ^ Jeb Wright (2009). "The Naked Truth: An Exclusive Interview with Deep Purple's Ian Gillan". Classic Rock Revisited. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009.
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference Charlton was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ McIver, Joel (2006). "Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath". Chapter 12, p. 1.
  7. ^ McWhirter, Ross (1975). Guinness Book of World Records (14 ed.). Sterling Pub. Co. p. 242. ISBN 978-0-8069-0012-4.
  8. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Deep Purple". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Jon Lord, keyboard player with seminal hard rock act Deep Purple, dies". CNN. Retrieved 25 July 2012
  10. ^ "Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord dies aged 71". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 July 2012
  11. ^ "Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies at 71" . MSNBC. Retrieved 25 July 2012
  12. ^ Deep Purple reviews.
  13. ^ Deep Purple Mark I & Mark II.
  14. ^ "VH1 Counts Down the '100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock' In Five-Hour, Five-Night Special". Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Planet Rock: Most Influential Band Ever – The Results". Planet Rock. Retrieved 25 February 2013