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.
David Coverdale’s Most Financially Successful Songs Revealed
List appears as he sells his catalog, adding to estimated $5 billion acquisitions in past year.
Deep Purple's Lockdown Was a 'Dress Rehearsal for Retirement'
But Roger Glover confirms they aren't finished yet.
Deep Purple’s Steve Morse Recalls Hate for Ozzy Osbourne Covers
Guitarist endured backlash over 2004 album ‘Living Loud.’
Deep Purple Talk Covers LP, Why a 'Long Goodbye' Was Premature
"It was really a chance for the guys to stretch out a bit after all those months locked up," singer Ian Gillan says of 'Turning to Crime.'
See New Video for Deep Purple Cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well'
Track arrives ahead of new covers album called 'Turn to Crime.'
Deep Purple Announce ‘Turning to Crime’ Covers Album
New LP will include songs by Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, Cream and more.
Is Deep Purple’s New Album Called ‘Turning to Crime’?
Countdown teaser reaches zero on Oct. 6.
45 Years Ago: David Coverdale Quits as Deep Purple Disintegrate
Pieces started falling off long before the band finally came crashing down in the '70s.
Deep Purple's Ian Paice Defends Collaboration With Rapper DMX
Drummer appears on late rapper's recent track "X Moves."