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Deep Purple - The Band

Updated on July 27, 2017

Deep Purple and me

I was born in 1974, six years after Deep Purple were formed and I started to hear their musics only when I was 14 years old.

Thanks to my elders brother and sister I get to know the band that some years ago came to Portugal and surprised me with their spirit and youthfulness!

If I already liked Deep Purple before, know I worship them.


Deep Purple are an English hard rock band created in Hertfordshire in 1968.

The band has gone through many member changes, as well as an eight-year suspension and two reunions.

The line-ups are unremarkably labeled as 'Mark I', 'Mark II', and 'Mark III'.


Their second and most commercially successful line-up combined: Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keyboard), Roger Glover (bass guitar) and Ian Paice (drums).

Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are regarded as one of the innovators of heavy metal and modern hard rock.

I must say that I am a big fan of Jon Lord he is a headmaster or even better a maestro. He plays the piano/keyboard like no other!

Third movement - Deep Purple and Royal Philharmonic orchestra (1969)

Jon Lord live in 1993
Jon Lord live in 1993

Rock and classic music together

In 1969 the band benefited some necessitated publicity with the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, a three-movement epic composed by Lord as a solo project and performed by the band at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold.

It was one of the first collaborations between a rock band and an orchestra, although at the time, certain members of Deep Purple (Blackmore and Gillan especially) were less than happy at the group being tagged as "a group who played with orchestras".

When actually what they had in mind was to develop the band into a much tighter, hard-rocking style.

Despite this, Lord wrote and the band recorded the Gemini Suite, another orchestra/group collaboration in the same style, in late 1970.

In 1999, Jon Lord, with the help of a fan who was also a musicologist and composer, fastidiously recreated the Concerto for Group and Orchestra cause the original score having been lost.

It was once again performed at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1999, this time with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann.

The concert also featured songs from each member's solo careers, as well as a short Deep Purple set, and the occasion was recorded on the 2000 album In Concert with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Roger Glover and Steve Morse
Roger Glover and Steve Morse

Some of their Albums

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Studio discography

  • Shades of Deep Purple, July 1968 (US)/ September 1968 (UK) #24 US
  • The Book of Taliesyn, October 1968 (US)/ July 1969 (UK) #54 US
  • Deep Purple, June 1969 (US)/ November 1969 (UK) #162 US
  • Deep Purple in Rock, June 1970 #4 UK, #14 US/ US: Gold
  • Fireball, July 1971 #1 UK, #32 US/ US: Gold
  • Machine Head, March 1972 #1 UK, #7 US/ US: 2x Platinum
  • Who Do We Think We Are, January 1973 #4 UK, #15 US/ US: Gold
  • Burn, February 1974 #3 UK, #9 US/ US: Gold
  • Stormbringer, December 1974 #6 UK, #20 US/ US: Gold
  • Come Taste the Band, October 1975 #19 UK, #43 US
  • Perfect Strangers, November 1984 #5 UK, #7 US/ US: Platinum
  • The House of Blue Light, January 1987 #10 UK, #34 US
  • Slaves & Masters, October 1990 #40 UK, #87 US
  • The Battle Rages On, July 1993 #21 UK, #192 US
  • Purpendicular, February 1996 #58 UK
  • Abandon, May 1998 #76 UK
  • Bananas, August 2003
  • Rapture of the Deep, October 2005 #42 UK

Current members

  • Ian Gillan - vocals, harmonica, congas (1969-1973, 1984-1989, 1992-present)
  • Steve Morse - guitar (1994-present)
  • Roger Glover - bass, synthesizer (1969-1973, 1984-present)
  • Don Airey - keyboards (2002-present)
  • Ian Paice - drums, percussion (1968-1976, 1984-present)

Former members

  • Ritchie Blackmore - guitar (1968-1975, 1984-1993)
  • Jon Lord - organ, keyboards, backing vocals (1968-1976, 1984-2002)
  • Rod Evans - lead vocals (1968-1969)
  • Nick Simper - bass, backing vocals (1968-1969)
  • David Coverdale - lead vocals (1973-1976)
  • Glenn Hughes - bass, vocals (1973-1976)
  • Tommy Bolin - guitar, vocals, piano (1975-1976)
  • Joe Lynn Turner - vocals (1990-1992)
  • Joe Satriani - guitar (1993-1994)

Are you looking for Deep Purple Tour Dates?

Find out that and much more on their official site:

DEEP PURPLE - The Official Website

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Highway Star - Live 1975

First movement - Deep Purple and Royal Philharmonic orchestra (1969)

Space Trucking - California Jam 1974

Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming, Helsinki 2008

Filmed at Jäähalli in Helsinki, Finland. Introduced by a long guitar solo from Steve Morse. Video by Braujo.



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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you Saleeln, I`m happy that you enjoyed my Deep Purple hub. I`ll have to add the Child in Time video to this hub... how could I forget such a great song from them.

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      Saleeln18 6 years ago from Illinois

      I loved this hub! I listen to and enjoy every kind of music there is but rock and metal have always been my favorites, i think they really capture the spirit of freedom and expression. Deep purple is also one of my favorite bands, they were pioneers in rock and roll music and really set the bar high for any and every band after them. CHILD IN TIME!!! my absolute favorite song, from both purple and in music in general. Thanks for this hub I really enjoyed it.

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      abinavis 8 years ago from Bat Island

      Hi, my favorite band ever. The color of music from the legend fits with my soul. Thanks for sharing about the music legend.

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Shinkicker, thanks for commenting. I´m very excited because yesterday I found out they are coming back to Portugal this year... I can´t wait to hear them once again :)

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      Shinkicker 8 years ago from Scotland

      That's a comprehensive Hub funride, classic band

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      I don´t know about you but I had their albums around my house since I was just 10 years old LOL (my elder brother and sister loved to hear them)

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      I think I had there albums when I was just 100 years old.

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      I bet it was a great wedding, at least I know I would love to be there singing along ;)

      Thanks for passing by and for commenting. See you ;)

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      gusripper 8 years ago

      In GREECE when kids starting playing guitar the first rif they learn is from........................SMOKE ON THE WATER.................Me in my wedding ceremony when i and the bride went in to wedding party speakers singing...................SMOKE ON THE WATER.............a hard rock wedding.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Dink96, I´m glad this hub brought out some good memories. I have both albums from Deep Purple with the Royal Philharmonic the one that took place in 1969 as well as the one performed at 1999. That´s right, 30 years after and they are even better ;)

      I decided to add those videos at the bottom of this hub, hope you will enjoy them ;)

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      Dink96 9 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      I saw this band a few times and they were an performance band. My oldest brother owned the original Deep Purple with the Royal Philharmonic album and it was one of the best collaborations between rock and classical music I've ever heard. I wish I had asked him about it when I was in San Diego this last weekend. Thanks for the memories, Funride!

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Susan, thanks for commenting. It is nice to see how they have "grown" to become an even better band after all this years.

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      They were an amazing band, great music.

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      Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

      *blush* :D

      I was trying to say that since they start performing many generations have enjoyed their music no matter when. My 3 years old daughter also like to listen to some of their musics, that´s way I call them timeless cause they still perform today after all this years.

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      Kathryn Skaggs 10 years ago from Southern California

      What are you saying? LOL



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      Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

      I´m so glad you enjoyed it! I guess Deep Purple and their music are really timeless.

      Everytime I pass by this hub I always ear the songs and sing them along :-)

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      Kathryn Skaggs 10 years ago from Southern California

      funride -

      Thanks... this was awesome! I am about a half decade older than you and I LOVED Deep Purple as a teenager.

      Even though life has cause me to 'grow up'... I still love great classic music, such as this. WOW... Child, rocked! I LOVE IT! I can really type listening to that! LOL

      Highway brings back memories too! Fun stuff.

      Give me a fast car and loud rock and roll and I truly am in heaven! This was the most FUN Hub I have visited this entire month!

      Keep them coming! Here is to Jon Lord!



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      Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you Abhinaya for reading it ;-)

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      Abhinaya 10 years ago

      Wonderful band.Loved the songs and history.This is a great lot of information.Thanks for sharing this.