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Deep Purple

Band
1968 / Present
Great Britain Great Britain

Rating: 5.95

Band Deep Purple

Overview

History

Deep Purple is an English hard rock band that formed in Hertfordshire in 1968. Together with groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, they're considered as heavy metal pioneers. Especially influential to later metal bands were Ian Gillan's powerful screams and Ritchie Blackmore's virtuoso solos. Deep Purple were also very influential to progressive music as well, with their style evolving over the years and incorporating a variety of genres from art rock to blues to psychedelia and more.
The Early Days:
Deep Purple's early output ranged from energetic rock (such as their cover of Joe South's "Hush", which became an iconic radio hit that climbed to #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart) to strongly classically influenced pieces (such as "April", a fan-loved gem from their third album). Their first few albums contained very long solos, such as those on the band's covers of "Hey Joe" and "I'm So Glad". The appeal of the more heavy, arena-friendly tracks from the group brought them considerable success in the U.S., setting them apart from many English contemporaries, particularly in their 1968 debut album 'Shades of Deep Purple'.

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Members

Ian Paice (percussion, drums)
1968 March - 1976 March, 1984 April - Present
Roger Glover (bass guitar)
1969 July - 1973 June, 1984 April - Present
Ian Gillan (percussion, lead vocals, harmonica)
1969 July - 1973 June, 1984 April - 1989 May, 1992 August - Present
Steve Morse (guitar)
1994 November - Present
Don Airey (organ, keyboard)
2002 March - Present
Jon Lord (organ, keyboard, background vocals)
1968 March - 1976 March, 1984 April - 2002 February
Joe Satriani (guitar)
1993 December - 1994 July
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar)
1968 March - 1975 June, 1984 April - 1993 November
Joe Lynn Turner (lead vocals)
1989 December - 1992 August
David Coverdale (lead vocals)
1973 August - 1976 March
Glenn Hughes (lead vocals, bass guitar)
1973 July - 1976 March
Tommy Bolin (lead vocals, guitar, bass guitar)
1975 June - 1976 March
Nick Simper (bass guitar, background vocals)
1968 March - 1969 July
Rod Evans (lead vocals)
1968 March - 1969 July

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Discography

Studio Album

1968
Album has 19 releases
1968
Album has 22 releases
1969
Album has 19 releases
1970
Album has 22 releases
1970
Album has 26 releases
1972
Album has 34 releases
1972
Album has 11 releases
1973
Album has 20 releases
1973
Album has 22 releases
1974
Album has 16 releases
1979
Album has 2 releases
1983
Album has 10 releases
1986
Album has 10 releases
1989
Album has 9 releases
1990
Album has 1 releases
1992
Album has 11 releases
1995
Album has 6 releases
1997
Album has 2 releases
2003
Album has 3 releases
2004
Album has 8 releases
2012
Album has 8 releases
2016
Album has 13 releases

Single

1969
Album has 1 releases
1970
Album has 2 releases
1971
Album has 1 releases
1971
Album has 4 releases
1983
Album has 1 releases
1997
Album has 1 releases
2013
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases

EP

2017
Album has 1 releases
2017
Album has 1 releases
2017
Album has 1 releases