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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.

Deep Purple Announce ‘Live in California 74′ CD

Deep Purple
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Deep Purple are releasing a CD of their headline-making April 6, 1974 concert from the California Jam festival on April 1.

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‘Smoke on the Water’ Vs. ‘Ace of Spades’ – March Riff Madness

Smoke on the Water Ace of Spades March Riff Madness

 

Motorhead's hard-charging 'Ace of Spades' takes on Deep Purple's immortal 'Smoke on the Water' in round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's fan-voted March Riff Madness.

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‘Breaking the Law’ Vs. ‘Smoke on the Water’ – March Riff Madness

PurplePriest

 

Judas Priest's ‘Breaking the Law' takes on Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water' in round one of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness competition.

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Deep Purple To Issue Deluxe Editions Of ‘Made In Japan’

Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers

In late-1972, Deep Purple released one of the most heralded live albums of all time. 'Made In Japan' captured the legendary band at what was perhaps the peak of their powers. On May 19, Universal Music is set to reissue the landmark album in a special deluxe package that is sure to have fans drooling.

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40 Years Ago: Deep Purple Release ‘Burn’

Deep Purple, 'Burn'
Warner Bros.

Most rock fans like to hear something a little different when their favorite artists release a new album. But when Deep Purple released their eighth studio LP, 'Burn,' on Feb. 15, 1974, things had changed for the band in some major ways.

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Deep Purple, Yes or the Zombies – Who Got Most Screwed by the Rock Hall of Fame?

2014 Rock Hall of Fame Snubs
Joe Hale / Ethan Miller / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced its induction class of 2014, and some worthy additions will be joining the hallowed hall next year, including KissLinda RonstadtPeter GabrielNirvanaHall & Oates and Cat Stevens. But a handful of classic-rock favorites who were up for nomination were once again snubbed by the Rock Hall.

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42 Years Ago: Frank Zappa Concert Fire Inspires ‘Smoke on the Water’

Smoke on the Water
YouTube

On Dec. 4, 1971, the small town of Montreux, Switzerland, became a place forever linked to rock history. A fire at the Montreux Casino during a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention inspired Deep Purple's classic 'Smoke on the Water.'

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Top 10 Roger Glover Songs

Getty Images, Daniel Liebl
Getty Images, Daniel Liebl

Roger Glover has helped shape the sound of Deep Purple, as well as late-period Rainbow, as a bassist, songwriter and producer -- making key contributions to a series of undeniably classic tracks from 'Woman from Tokyo' to 'Smoke on the Water' to today.

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Fire Destroys Recording Studio, But Deep Purple Avoid Another ‘Smoke on the Water’

Deep Purple
Daniel Liebl, Getty Images

The German recording studio where an upcoming live release was mixed for Deep Purple has been destroyed in a fire.

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Geddy Lee Supports Deep Purple and Yes Rock Hall Inductions

Deep Purple, Rush, and Yes
Jo Hale / Jason Merritt / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

One of the cool things about being a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting to cast your vote in subsequent inductions -- and freshly minted Rock Hall member Geddy Lee sounds like he's already given some thought to who he'll vote for when he casts his first ballot.

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