Ian Gillan – August 2012 Classic Rock Birthdays
Ian Gillan, the lyricist and vocalist of Deep Purple, turns 67 on Aug. 19. Gillan was recruited by Jon Lord (R.I.P.) and Ritchie Blackmore to replace Rod Evans in Deep Purple -- where he settled in as the vocalist from 1969 to 1973. After a decade away, he rejoined the group in early 1984 and remains with the group to this day.
A star-studded Deep Purple tribute album, 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to 'Machine Head,' has just been announced -- kind of a nice birthday gift, right?