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.
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."
Joe Satriani Initially Rejected Deep Purple: ‘I Was Offended’
Guitarist originally wanted no part in replacing Ritchie Blackmore.
Glenn Hughes Says He Shouldn't Have Left Trapeze for Deep Purple
Singer and bassist wonders if he could have avoided two decades of drug issues.
When AC/DC Ended Up in a Fistfight With Deep Purple
Angus Young and David Coverdale have contrasting memories of 1975 moment.
Don Airey Breaks Silence on Judas Priest 'Painkiller' Bass Parts
Deep Purple's keyboardist breaks his silence after 30 years.
Watch Deep Purple's Surreal 'Nothing at All' Video
Sequel of sorts to earlier "Throw My Bones" clip continues astronaut's journey.
Ian Gillan’s Problems With Deep Purple Classic ‘Child in Time’
Singer “drew a line in the sand” over epic track, says Roger Glover.
Ian Paice Says 'Whoosh!' Might Not Be Deep Purple's Last Record
Their new album ended reflectively, with an update of the first song from the group's debut.