Deep Purple

Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. 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.

Although there have been many members in Deep Purple, among the most famous members are:

1. Ritchie Blackmore – Guitar (March 1968 – June 1975, April 1984 – November 1993)

2. Ian Gillan – vocals, harmonica, percussion (1969–1973, 1984–1989, 1992–present)

3. Ian Paice – drums, percussion (1968–1976, 1984–present)

4. Roger Glover – bass (1969–1973, 1984–present)

5. Jon Lord – organ, keyboards, backing vocals, string arrangements (March 1968 – March 1976, April 1984 – February 2002; died 2012)

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