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Deep Purple

Deep Purple

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Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Hertford, England
Years active

Hard rock
Heavy metal
Speed Metal

Edel Records

Ian Gillan
Steve Morse
Roger Glover

Don Airey
Ian Paice
This article is about the rock group. For the song with the same name, seeDeep
Purple (song)
Deep Purple is the name of a British rock group, and is also the name of asong

composed by Peter De Rose, from which the band borrowed its name. They are one of
the first and most famous hard rock bands. They are considered pioneers of heavy metal,
though have never considered themselves a heavy metal band.

1 Pre-History
2 The Dawn of Purple
3 Top of the World
4 The Reunions
5 Revival
6 Deep Purple and Heavy Metal
7 Personnel and discography
7.1 Studio albums
7.2 Live albums
7.3 Compilation Albums
8 Hit singles
9 See also
10 External links
The band Episode Six released several singles in the UK during the mid-sixties. It
featured Ian Gillan on vocals, Graham Dimmock onguit ar, Roger Glover onbass,To n y
Lander on guitar, Sheila Carter onke yboards, and Harvey Shields on thedrums. Despite
extensive touring, they never had their big break.

In1967, a band called The Flowerpot Men and their Garden was formed, formerly known
as The Ivy League. It was concentrated on a trio of singers. The new name was clearly
derived from the children's show The Flowerpot Men, with the obviousps yched eli c-era
puns on flower power and "pot". The band's most popular song was "Let's Go To San

Francisco." Some listeners assumed that the song was a parody of Scott McKenzie's "If You're Going to San Francisco," but the band has denied this. It featured Tony Burrows, Neil Landon, Robin Shaw, and Pete Nelson on vocals, Ged Peck on guitar, Nick Simper

on bass, Jon Lord on organ, and Carlo Little on drums. Jon Lord had formerly played in
The Artwoods, Nick Simper had been with Screaming Lord Sutch's The Savages, where
he also played with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
The Dawn of Purple

In1967, formerSearchers drummer Chris Curtis contacted London businessman Tony
Edwards in the hope that he would manage a new group he was putting together. Curtis\u2019
idea was that the members of the group would get on and off a musical roundabout, and
suitably impressed, Edwards agreed to finance the venture with a couple of business
partners, John Coletta and Ron Hire (Hire-Edwards-Coletta \u2013 HEC Enterprises).

Curtis then set about building up the group, to be known asRoundabout. His first
encounter was with Hammond organ player Jon Lord, then he persuaded session guitarist
Ritchie Blackmore to return from Hamburg, Germany, to audition for the new group.

Curtis himself, however, soon dropped out, but HEC Enterprises, as well as Lord and
Blackmore, were keen that the project should continue, so firstly bassist Nick Simper,
then finally vocalist Rod Evans and drummer Ian Paice (both of whom were from the
group The Maze), were recruited. After their first few gigs on a brief tour of Denmark in
the spring of1968, the band agreed on a new name suggested by Ritchie \u2013 Deep Purple.

In October 1968, the group had tremendous success in the US (but not the UK) with a
cover of Joe South's "Hush," taken from their debut album Shades of Deep Purple, and
they were duly booked to supportCrea m on theirGoodbye tour. However they were soon
kicked off the tour, allegedly because they were upstaging the headlining act! In1969,
two more albums followed: The Book of Taliesyn and Deep Purple, the latter of which
contained a symphony orchestra on some tracks. After these three albums and extensive
touring in the States, Rod Evans and Nick Simper were unsummarily sacked, and
replaced by vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover both ex-Episode Six. This would
create the quintessential Deep Purple "Mark 2" lineup. Initially, this version of the band
released a single probably influenced by the then-popular stage musical "Hair", a cover of
a Greenaway-Cook tune titled "Hallelujah", which flopped, and then the Concerto for

Group and Orchestra, a three-part movement written by Lord and performed at theRo ya l
Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold.

Together with Five Bridges by The Nice, it was one of the first collaborations between a
rock band and an orchestra, although at the time, certain members of Purple 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

Top of the World

Shortly after the orchestral release, the band began a hectic touring and recording
schedule that was to see little respite for the next three years. Their first LP release, in
mid-1970, went straight for the jugular in with "Deep Purple in Rock" and a UK Top Ten
single followed with "Black Night". A second album, "Fireball", was issued in 1971, and
the band also scored another chart hit with "Strange Kind Of Woman". Together withLed

Zeppelinand Black Sabbath, Purple were laying the groundwork for what is now called
heavy metal music, although at the time, the phrase was still to be coined.

During 1972, Deep Purple continued to tour and record at a rate that would be rare thirty
years on, releasing Machine Head, an album that was due to be recorded at a casino in
Montreux, using the Rolling Stones mobile recording truck, but after anarson attack
during a Frank Zappa gig at the very same casino was actually recorded at a nearby hotel
- this incident famously inspiring the writing of "Smoke on the Water". This album was
followed a few months later by a live release, Made in Japan mostly recorded at two gigs

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