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.
Simon McBride's Bittersweet Deep Purple Opportunity
Irish guitarist reflects on being called up while Steve Morse spends time with sick wife.
Metallica Covers the Beatles, Deep Purple and More on New Live EP
2014 performance includes band's takes on songs by Ozzy Osbourne and Rare Earth, too.
Yes, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull Alumni on New Prog Collective Album
Billy Sherwood leads "House of the Rising Sun" cover from upcoming 'Songs We Were Taught.'
Steve Morse Takes Deep Purple Hiatus Due to Wife's Cancer Battle
"There are so many possible complications and unknowns, that whatever time we have left in our lives, I simply must be there with her," guitarist writes.
Deep Purple Will End With a 'Whimper' Says Don Airey
Keyboardist predicts band won't even know it was its last show and recalls 15-minute rehearsal before his first concert.
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.'