Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012.”
It all started in 1968 when:
They were called the Roundabout.Apparently the name Deep Purple was inspired by Ritchie's grandmother's favorite song.
Theire debut album was called 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" ('68).
Followed up by Book of Taliesyn and Deep Purple ('69 and all at the famous Harvest label).
In July 1969 both Evans and Simper were axed from the line-up:
Deep Purple established as a leading heavy metal attraction and introduced such enduring favorites as Speed King and Child In Time. Gillan's powerful silver-throated vocals brought a third dimension to their sound and this new-found popularity in the UK was enhanced when the single, Black Night reached number 2. Strange Kind Of Woman followed it into the Top 10, while Fireball and Machine Head both topped the album charts. The latter included the riff-laden Smoke On The Water, based on a real incident involving Frank Zappa and The Mothers and an infamous Montreaux concert.They made a few good selling albums, just a few to mention: Deep Purple in Rock ('70), Fireball, Machine Head, Made in Japan ('72). In '74 the departures of Gillan and Glover robbed Deep Purple of an expressive frontman and imaginative arranger, although
Successful off-shoot bands include:
Blackmore joined and left, joined and jumped ship once more during a tour ('94). Joe Satriani took over but couldn't spent more time in Deep Purple because of obligations elswhere.
Steve Morse (ex-Kansas, Dixie Dregs, The Steve Morse Band, et al) (born 28 July 1954, Hamilton, Ohio) was the next guitar hero in Purple ('96).
1998's Abandon album had all the classic rock attitude, nasty guitars, pounding drums and driving bass to scratch that R.O.C.K. itch. The album included a brilliant reworking of "In Rock"'s "Bloodsucker" (retitled "Bludsucker") and the Floydish-style "Watching The Sky" amongst other driving rock tracks.
With help from a dutch guy, Frank de Goeij (he wrote the lost score again) the group played the Concerto For Group And Orchestra again in '99. The album was released a year later.
In 1999 Deep Purple had a very successful tour of Australia and Europe.
The Legend marches on...
According to TotalRock, Shadow Of The Moon, the current album from Blackmore's Night, is to be used as "wake up music" on on the next space shuttle which is due to be launched by NASA on July 19th 2002.
Ghost of the Rose is his album from summer 2003, really nice artwork!
His latest is called Village Latern ('06).
Candice Knight and Ritchie Blackmore under the guise of Blackmore's Night are to release a new DVD of a live Concert from Paris entitled Paris Moon, which will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on 5th November 2007.
Sarabande ('76) is almost classic album with:
He made more solo albums such as Before i forget, Gemini Suite, Windows and after an big silence;
Pictured Within ('99) is an ambitious project from Jon Lord inspired by classical music. Most of the album is instrumental; piano, cello and violin, with the occasional choral voices gracing the lush symphonic textures. If i must but a label on this moody album, i would say New Age. With:
To Notice Suchs Things April 2010.
The album is dedicated to the memory of his late friend Sir John Mortimer and contains a six piece suite for solo flute, piano and string orchestra as well as three other compositions for the same forces.
On April 15 2009, Jon Lord joined Deep Purple onstage at the International Forum in Tokyo. He played two songs with the band - Perfect Strangers and Smoke On The Water - the last song also featured Yngwie Malmsteen.
Once And Future King ('03) a Rock Opera written by Gary Hughes.
Dixie Dregs ('75-'00 -'05), Steve Morse Band since 1994, Deep Purple 2 years in Kansas.
Lionna Boyd (2005), Billy Sheenan, Ian Gillan, Carmen Appice (2006), Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), Trading Eights ('09), Neal Morse (2011), John Wetton (2011).
Sarah Spencer - vocals,
Dave LaRue - bass,
Van Romaine - drums.
NEWS Jan 2012:
Announcing Flying Colors, the new band from Steve Morse, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse , Dave LaRue and Mike Portnoy.