Deep Purple (English rock band)

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Deep Purple Mk 1 (1968-1969) were
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Rod Evans (vocals), Nick Simper (bass, vocals), Jon Lord (organ, keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 2 (1969-1973) were
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (organ, keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 3 (1973-1975) were
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), Jon Lord (organ, keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 4 (1975-1976) were
Tommy Bolin (guitar), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), Jon Lord (organ, keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 2a (1984-1989) were
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 5 (1989-1991) were
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 2b (1992-1993) were
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 6 (1993-1994) were
Joe Satriani (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 7 (1994-2000) were
Steve Morse (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 8 (2002-2022) were
Steve Morse (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Don Airey (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mk 9 (2022-present) are
Simon McBride (guitar), Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Don Airey (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums)

Annotation last modified on 2022-09-26 16:08 UTC.


Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in London in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, but their musical approach has changed over the years. Originally formed as a psychedelic rock and progressive rock band, they shifted to a heavier sound with their 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies". They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

Deep Purple have had several line-up changes and an eight-year hiatus (1976–1984). The first four line-ups, which constituted the band's original 1968–1976 run, are officially indicated as Mark I (1968–1969), Mark II (1969–1973), Mark III (1973–1975) and Mark IV (1975–1976). Mark I comprised the founding members of Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Rod Evans (vocals), Jon Lord (keyboards), Ian Paice (drums) and Nick Simper (bass), while Mark II was the most commercially successful line-up, with Ian Gillan (vocals) and Roger Glover (bass) replacing Evans and Simper. Mark III saw David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass and vocals) replace Gillan and Glover, while Mark IV featured Tommy Bolin (guitar) replacing Blackmore. Mark II was revived from 1984–1989 and again from 1992–1993, with Joe Lynn Turner (vocals) replacing Gillan in the intervening 1989–1992 period. Mark II definitively ended in 1993, when Blackmore left Deep Purple for the second and final time. He was replaced temporarily by Joe Satriani (guitar) and then permanently by Steve Morse (guitar). In 2002 Don Airey (keyboards) replaced Lord, which saw Deep Purple settle into its longest running line-up, unchanged for the next twenty years, until Morse announced his departure from the band in 2022. His place was taken by Simon McBride (guitar). Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Don Airey and Simon McBride comprise the current line-up of Deep Purple.

Deep Purple were ranked number 22 on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme, and a poll on radio station Planet Rock ranked them 5th among the "most influential bands ever". The band received the Legend Award at the 2008 World Music Awards. Deep Purple (specifically Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Gillan, Glover, Coverdale, Evans, and Hughes) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

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1968Shades of Deep PurpleDeep Purple3.229
1968The Book of TaliesynDeep Purple327
1969Deep PurpleDeep Purple4.223
1970Deep Purple in RockDeep Purple4.5535
1971FireballDeep Purple4.436
1972Machine HeadDeep Purple4.6551
1973Who Do We Think We AreDeep Purple418
1974BurnDeep Purple3.8524
1974StormbringerDeep Purple3.6527
1975Come Taste the BandDeep Purple3.3523
1984Perfect StrangersDeep Purple417
1987The House of Blue LightDeep Purple4.6518
1990Slaves and MastersDeep Purple212
1993The Battle Rages On…Deep Purple2.6514
1996PurpendicularDeep Purple58
1998AbandonDeep Purple34
2003BananasDeep Purple3.55
2005Rapture of the DeepDeep Purple3.3511
2013Now What?!Deep Purple3.3510
2017inFiniteDeep Purple415
2020Whoosh!Deep Purple411
2021Turning to CrimeDeep Purple25

Album + Compilation

1969The Very Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1970Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1970Battle of Deep Purple & Jimi HendrixDeep Purple / Jimi Hendrix1
1970In Rock / MashmakhanDeep Purple / Mashmakhan1
1970The Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1971Progressive StoryPink Floyd / The Nice / Steve Miller Band / Deep Purple51
1972Early PurpleDeep Purple1
1972Machine Head / Feel GoodDeep Purple / Ike & Tina Turner1
1972Purple PassagesDeep Purple3
1972Stereo Pop Special‐12Deep Purple1
1972The Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1973Mark I&IIDeep Purple2
1973Stereo Pop Special‐48Deep Purple1
1974Stereo Pop Special‐74Deep Purple1
1974Lo mas profundo de… Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
197524 Carat PurpleDeep Purple10
1975Nightbird & CompanyDeep Purple / Chick Corea / Kenny Rankin / Carmen1
1975Shades of Deep Purple & The Book of TaliesynDeep Purple1
1976Nightbird & Company: Cosmic ConnectionsDeep Purple / Commander Cody / The Leslie West Band / Steve Howe1
1976Deep Purple’s Greatest HitsDeep Purple1
1977Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1977PowerhouseDeep Purple9
1978When We Rock, We Rock and When We Roll, We RollDeep Purple5
1978The Deep Purple Singles A’s & B’sDeep Purple47
1979Burn / Highway StarDeep Purple1
1979The Mark 2 Purple SinglesDeep Purple1
1980Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple3.6511
1980New, Live and RareDeep Purple3
1981CollectionDeep Purple3
1981Lo mejor de Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1983Machine Head / Who Do We Think We AreDeep Purple4
1984In Rock / Machine HeadDeep Purple1
1984The History of Rock – Volume Twenty SevenBlack Sabbath / Deep Purple / Wishbone Ash / Mott the Hoople1
1985Best (Super Star Hit Collection, Volume 15)Deep Purple1
1985BestDeep Purple1
1985FireworksDeep Purple1
1985Four Maxi Single BoxDeep Purple1
1985Greatest PurpleDeep Purple1
1985Hard Rock HeroesDeep Purple1
1985Knocking at Your Back Door / Perfect StrangersDeep Purple1
1985Off the Record Specials With Mary TurnerDeep Purple1
1985The AnthologyDeep Purple2
1986Very Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
198718 Very Best SongsDeep Purple1
1987Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1987The Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1987The Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1987Элтон Джон / Ансамбль "Дип Перпл"Elton John / Deep Purple1
1989CD CollectionDeep Purple1
1989Stars & SchlagerDeep Purple1
1990Black Night: BestDeep Purple1
1990CollectionDeep Purple1
1991The Compact Disc AnthologyDeep Purple1
1991Greatest HitsDeep Purple1
1991The Best of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1991Knocking at Your Back Door: The Best of Deep Purple in the 80’sDeep Purple43
1991Deep Purple Anthology – Vol. 1Deep Purple1
1991Greatest HitsDeep Purple1
1991Heavy Metal PioneersDeep Purple1
1991In Concert / Live in London / New, Live and RareDeep Purple1
1991The Best of Deep Purple in BrazilDeep Purple1
1992Best – Soldier of Fortune / AprilDeep Purple1
1992The Most of Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1992The Best OfDeep Purple1
1993Purple ChronicleDeep Purple3
1993Deep PurpleDeep Purple1
1993Golden HitsDeep Purple1
1993HushDeep Purple2
1993ProgressionDeep Purple1
1993Platinum 1 Greatest Hits 1970–72Deep Purple2
1993Purple RainbowsDeep Purple1
1993Rock GiantsDeep Purple1
1993Speed KingsDeep Purple1
1993Smoke on the WaterDeep Purple1
1994Ian Gillan featuring Deep Purple – BestIan Gillan featuring Deep Purple1
1994In Rock / Machine Head / 24 Carat PurpleDeep Purple1
1994No. 1Deep Purple1
1994Platinum: The Ultimate CollectionDeep Purple2

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