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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.

Whitesnake’s New Album Focuses on David Coverdale’s Deep Purple Era

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YouTube

David Coverdale will return to his time as lead singer for Deep Purple during their Mark III and IV eras for an upcoming album with Whitesnake.

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Deep Purple vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Deep Purple and Creedence Clearwater Revival have given us some of the most immediately memorable -- and enduring -- radio hits of the rock era. Now, they'll battle one another for entry into the 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.

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Five Bands That Deserve to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Legacy / John Minihan, Hulton Archive / Chris Walter, Getty Images

Accompanying this morning's announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class was the usual head shaking and open-mouthed disbelief that some of classic rock's oldest and most worthy bands were passed up once again.

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40 Years Ago: Deep Purple Reach The End Of An Era With ‘Stormbringer’

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EMI

Ritchie Blackmore left the band shortly after the November 1974 release of 'Stormbringer.'

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Deep Purple, ‘Live In Verona’ – DVD Review

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Daniel Liebl, Getty Images

We review Deep Purple's new live DVD, recorded in a historic spot with an orchestra.

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‘Highway Star’ vs. ‘Heading Out to the Highway’ – Clash of the Titans

Deep Purple Vs. Judas Priest

There are so many rock songs about highways that you could spend years trying to listen to them all, but this edition of Clash of the Titans narrows our focus down to two of the greatest.

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Watch Deep Purple Perform ‘Uncommon Man’ From Jon Lord Tribute

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YouTube

Friends, fans and colleagues of former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord congregated to celebrate his legacy earlier this year, and now the result -- the deluxe recording of an all-star concert titled 'Celebrating Jon Lord at the Royal Albert Hall' -- is in stores.

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Deep Purple – ‘Graz 1975′ Album Review

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Eagle Rock

'Graz 1975' captures the Mark III Deep Purple lineup in one of its very last performances. However, this is hardly the sound of a band in its final hours.

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Former Members of Deep Purple and Vanilla Fudge Form Rated X

Rated X
Frontiers

Put together former members of Deep Purple, Vanilla Fudge and Whitesnake, and the results are Rated X.

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30 Years Ago: Deep Purple Makes an Improbable Return with ‘Perfect Strangers’

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The celebrated Mark II lineup of Deep Purple had long refused to get back together simply to cash checks on a reunion tour.

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