Deep Purple

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, progressive rock
Years active
1968–1976, 1984–present

Deep Purple were originally called Roundabout and they formed in Hertford, 1968. They were progressive rock band, but in 1970 the band’s sound shifted to hard rock. They were listed as the loudest rock band by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Deep Purple had several line-ups, but the second one was the most successful and it featured Richie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (organ), Ian Gillian (vocals), Ian Paice (drums) and Roger Glover (bass).

Shades of Deep Purple, the band’s debut album released in 1968, did not catch the attention of the UK, but it was more successful in America with the hit “Hush“. The group’s successful period started with the albums In Rock, Machine Head and Fireball, that featured the hits “Into the Fire“, “Child in Time” and “Speed King“. One year after the releasing of “Machine Head“, “Smoke on the Water” became Number 4 hit single, eventually selling over 2 million copies. The releasing of the album Who Do We Think We Are in 1973, made the group the best-selling artists in the US that year. In 1974, they released the album Stormbringer that included the hits “Soldier of Fortune“, “Lady Double Dealer” and “Gypsy“.

Through the 90s they released Slaves and Masters, The Battle Rages On…, Perpendicular and Abandon.

Deep Purple were ranked 5th among the “most influential bands ever” on British radio station Planet rock. In 2012, they were nominated for the first time for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2013 for the second time, but they were not voted both times.


Shades of Deep Purple1968
The Book of Taliesyn1968
Deep Purple1969
Deep Purple in Rock1970
Machine Head1972
Who Do We Think We Are1973
Come Taste the Band1975
Perfect Strangers1984
The House of Blue Light1987
Slaves and Masters1990
The Battle Rages On…1993
Rapture of the Deep2005
Now What?!2013