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Deep Purple - 2002
(courtesy www.TheHighwayStar.com) Deep Purple - the classic Mk II line-up 1973
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It all started in 1968 when Chris Curtis, an ex-Searcher, formed a group with Dave Curtiss on bass, Bobby Woodman-Clarke on drums and brought in ex-Artwoods organist Jon Lord and ex-Johnny Kidd and The Pirates bassist, Nick Simper. Nick had survived the car crash that had killed Johnny Kidd in 1966. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore joined in rehearsals for this new act initially dubbed Roundabout. Curtis dropped out within days, and when Dave and Bobby also proved incompatible, two members of Maze, Rod Evans and Ian Paice, replaced them.

Having adopted the Deep Purple name (apparently inspired by Ritchie's grandmother's favorite song) following a brief Scandinavian tour in April 1968, the quintet began recording their debut album, which they patterned on USA group Vanilla Fudge. "Shades of Deep Purple" thus included dramatic rearrangements of well-known songs, including a faithful cover of Hendrix's version of "Hey Joe" and the Joe South-penned, Billy Joe Royal hit "Hush", the latter hitting US #4 in 1968 but not troubling the UK chart-compilers one bit. Read more here

-- Brian Currin, December 2003

Line-up:
Rod Evans: vocals
(1968-69)
Nicky Simper: bass
(1968-69)
Ritchie Blackmore: guitar
(1968-73, 1984-93)
Jon Lord: organ
(1968-2002)
Ian Paice: drums
(1968-now)
Ian Gillan: vocals
(1969-73, 1984-88, 1992-now)
Roger Glover: bass
(1969-73, 1984-now)
David Coverdale: vocals
(1973-76)
Glenn Hughes: bass
(1973-76)
Tommy Bolin: guitar
(1975-76)
Joe Lynn Turner: vocals
(1990-92)
Joe Satriani: guitars
(1993-94)
Steve Morse: guitars
(1994-now)
Don Airey: organ
(2003-now)
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  • Into The Fire
  • Woman From Tokyo
  • Strange Kind Of Woman
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In Rock
1970
Machine Head
1972
Made In Japan
1973
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Burn
1974
Perfect Strangers
1984
Bananas
2003
 
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