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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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Warner Bros

45 Years Ago: Deep Purple Set Hard Rock Alight With ‘Fireball’

Deep Purple built upon the success of 'In Rock' with 1971's 'Fireball.'

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Theo Wargo / Ethan Miller, Getty Images / YouTube

Rainbow, Glenn Hughes, Whitesnake: Who Rocks Deep Purple’s ‘Burn’ the Best?

"Burn" has found its way into a trio of Deep Purple alumni set lists recently, leading to an inevitable question.

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YouTube

Rainbow Adds Two Deep Purple Classics to Set

Ritchie Blackmore reached deeper into his past for the final night of his 2016 return to rock.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Deep Purple’s Ian Paice Says His Mini-Stroke Forced Recent Cancellations

A health scare suffered by Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice forced the band to cancel shows this week.

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RCA

20 Years Ago: Deep Purple Introduce Steve Morse on ‘Purpendicular’

For Deep Purple, the departure of Ritchie Blackmore amounted to addition by subtraction.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Glenn Hughes Says Deep Purple Member Stopped Him and David Coverdale From Performing at Band’s Rock Hall Induction

Former Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes says an unnamed member of the current lineup prevented him from being part of the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance.

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Theo Wargo,. Getty Images

Watch Cheap Trick, Deep Purple + Others Close Out Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2016 Ceremony

The inductees ended the night by jamming on Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame."

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Lars Ulrich Praises Deep Purple’s ‘Legacy Without End’ in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speech

Lars Ulrich of Metallica inducted Deep Purple into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony in Brooklyn tonight.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Deep Purple Tear Through Classics in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance

Right after giving heartfelt, emotional induction speeches, Deep Purple took the stage at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Glenn Hughes on Deep Purple’s Belated Hall of Fame Induction and How David Bowie Kept Them Together: Exclusive Interview

Even as years of eligibility turned into decades, former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes was certain his old band would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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