Top 10 Musicians Who Are/Were in Deep Purple, Rainbow and Whitesnake
These 3 bands are related because Rainbow and Whitesnake were founded by Deep Purple members. Musicians on this list are from the big Deep Purple family so to say. Some of these people started solo career or contributed to other major bands, such as Dio, Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Yngwie and many more.
The Top Ten
1Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, RainbowRichard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ...read more.
A true mastermind and genius in his time. He deserves less criticism as he was a huge and very inspiring driving force behind the Golden era of rock. Thank you Ritchie.
Definitely the mastermind behind the both bands, with the biggest contribution to music in general. Deserves the #1 spot. - Metal_Treasure
He was the most important member of deep purple - zxm
He IS Deep Purple and Raimbow. I love new DP, but their sounds changed drastically when blackmore quits. DP sounds like an Ian Gillan project nowadays. Shame that Jon Lord passed away. Blackmore, Lord and Paice trio are essential core of Golden DP era!
2Ian Paice - Deep PurpleIan Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation.
+ Whitesnake, I forgot to add it to the item title. - Metal_Treasure
3Ronnie James Dio - RainbowRonnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.
4David Coverdale - Deep Purple, WhitesnakeDavid Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1978. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo ...read more.
5Cozy Powell - Rainbow, WhitesnakeColin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.
6Roger Glover - Deep Purple, RainbowRoger David Glover is a British bassist, songwriter, and record producer. Glover is best known as the bassist for hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow.
7Ian Gillan - Deep PurpleIan Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).
8Jon Lord - Deep PurpleJohn Douglas "Jon" Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and The Flower Pot Men.V 1 Comment
9Steve Morse - Deep PurpleSteven J. "Steve" Morse is an American guitarist and composer, best known as the founder of the Dixie Dregs; and since 1994, the guitar player of Deep Purple.
He replaced Ritchie Blackmore in the 90s and has been the band's guitarist since then. - Metal_Treasure
10Joe Lynn Turner - Rainbow, Deep PurpleJoe Lynn Turner is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock/metal bands Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple.
11Don Airey - Rainbow, Deep Purple
+ Whitesnake, I forgot to add it. - Metal_Treasure
12Steve Vai - WhitesnakeSteven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
13Joe Satriani - Deep PurpleJoseph Satriani (born July 15, 1956) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, with many of his former students achieving fame, such as Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Rick Hunolt, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie ...read more.
He briefly toured with Deep Purple as the lead guitarist, joining shortly after the departure of Ritchie Blackmore in November 1993. - Metal_Treasure
14Adrian Vandenberg - Whitesnake
15Glenn Hughes - Deep Purple
16Bob Daisley - Rainbow
17Vivian Campbell - WhitesnakeVivian Patrick Campbell is a Northern Irish rock guitarist. He came to prominence in the early 1980s as a member of Dio, and has been a member of Def Leppard since 1992.
18Rod Evans - Deep PurpleRoderic Evans is an English former singer. In the late 1960s he began his professional career in The Maze, formerly MI5, after which he was a member of the original Deep Purple line-up.
He had a good voice but played his cards really foolishly. In 1980 he began to tour under the Deep Purple name accompanied by unknown session musicians. He was sued by the genuine Deep Purple and as a result, Evans no longer receives royalties from the band's first three albums. - Metal_Treasure
19Tommy Bolin - Deep Purple
20Jimmy Bain - RainbowJames Stewart "Jimmy" Bain was a Scottish musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio.