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Deep Purple

Allan F. Moore

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.46246

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English rock band. Originally formed in 1968 as Roundabout, the classic line-up came together the following year when Ian Gillan (b 1945; vocals) and Roger Glover (b 1945; bass guitar) joined Jon Lord (b 1941; organ), Ritchie Blackmore (b 1945; guitar) and Ian Paice (b 1948; drums). Their style, influenced by the US band Vanilla Fudge, was rooted in Blackmore's technique and improvisatory invention, Gillan's vast range and power and Lord's gospel-derived organ style. Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra (Harvest, 1970) was an early, worthy attempt at rock/classical crossover, while Deep Purple in Rock (Harvest, 1970), Fireball (Harvest, 1971), Machine Head (Purple, 1972, containing Smoke on the Water) and the live recording Made in Japan (Purple, 1973) were a more typical mixture of desperate ballads (Child in Time) and riff-based rock tunes. Gillan and Glover departed in ...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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