What started as a prog-rock band in the late 60s went on to become one of the cornerstones of hard rock in the UK and, some would argue, gave rise to heavy metal. Formed from Ritchie Blackmore’s explosive guitar-playing, John Lord’s unique organ sound and Ian Gillan’s otherworldly vocals, their legacy cannot be underestimated.
While casual listeners know the band for their signature song, Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple has a formidable canon of songs up its sleeve. Influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin and Cream, tracks such as Highway Star, Perfect Strangers and Child In Time are worthy additions to any rock collection.
Dogged by drink and drugs, the band has been through various line-ups and several reunions. However, more than 50 years since they started, Deep Purple continues to deliver the hardest of rock to its legions of loyal fans.