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Like many British rock bands that came of age in the late ‘60s, Deep Purple has had a long and turbulent history. The quintet lost its original singer by the end of the decade and before the band started selling tons of records. New singer Ian Gillan helped anchor the new lineup through some of its most successful albums, including ‘Fireball’ and ‘Machine Head,’ which spawned the classic song ‘Smoke on the Water’ in 1972. By the end of the decade, Deep Purple would lose guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, and Gillan was replaced by David Coverdale. Turnarounds since the ’70s have been plentiful, with members leaving and joining and forming bands like Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake. But at its peak, the band drove hard-rock muscle straight into the pop charts, becoming one of the era’s most beloved groups.

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Ritchie Blackmore Suing for Deep Purple Royalties

Ritchie Blackmore claims he's owed more than $1 million in back royalties from his former group.

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Deep Purple Announce Two New Live Releases

A pair of Deep Purple's biggest recent live performances are being commemorated with two new concert recordings from the band.

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Watch Glenn Hughes Join David Coverdale Onstage for a Deep Purple Song

The audience at Whitesnake's June 9 tour stop in Beverly Hills received a welcome surprise when Glenn Hughes, frontman David Coverdale's former bandmate in Deep Purple, stopped by to lend his vocals to a performance of the Purple classic "Lay Down, Stay Down."

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Harvest/Warner Bros

45 Years Ago: Deep Purple’s Classic Lineup Convenes for ‘In Rock’

Even though they had been an active band since 1968 — and enjoyed quite a bit of success — it’s fair to say that Deep Purple didn’t truly arrive until June 1970, when they collectively chiseled their claim to musical immortality on their fittingly titled fourth album In Rock.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

David Coverdale Reveals More Details About Abandoned Deep Purple Reunion Project

If you were disappointed to learn that Whitesnake's new album rose out of a botched reunion effort between former Deep Purple bandmates David Coverdale and Ritchie Blackmore, you may want to stop reading this now, because the project could have been even more tantalizing than we realized.

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

March Drum Madness: Ian Paice vs. Roger Taylor

We're almost ready to name the winner of our 100 percent reader-voted March Drum Madness competition, but there are still some battles yet to be fought.

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Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Stewart Copeland vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

Stewart Copeland and Ian Paice have almost made it to the end of March Drum Madness, but only one of them will move on to the next round.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Deep Purple Announce U.S. Summer Tour

Deep Purple fans in the States will be able to get their concert fix this summer, when the band returns to the U.S. for a month-long tour.

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Listen to Whitesnake Take on Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’

Whitesnake have unveiled their version of "Burn," which originally served as the title track for a long-ago collaboration between frontman David Coverdale and Deep Purple.

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Ringo Starr vs. Ian Paice: March Drum Madness

Ringo Starr and Deep Purple's Ian Paice battle in round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Rock Madness.

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