Deep Purple was an album rock, metal, and progressive group. Deep Purple made the top 20 twice. In 1968, Hush charted at number 2. Years later, in 1973, and with a different band line-up, Smoke On The Water made it to number 5. Deep Purple was known for it's live shows, and a live version of Smoke On The Water was also popular the same year.
Deep Purple changed over time, as shown in brown writing below.
Members of Deep Purple were in various rock groups. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was in Rainbow and Blackmore's Night. Guitarist Tommy Bolan was in James Gang. Singer Ian Gillan was in Black Sabbath. Singer David Coverdale was in Whitesnake. Singer Joe Lynn Turner was in Rainbow and Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force. In 1988, a side project by members Ian Gillan & Roger Glover produced the number 14 rock hit Telephone Box.
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Ritchie Blackmore, Rod Evans, Nick Simper, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
guitar, singer, bass, keyboards, drums