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

1 Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple, Rainbow Richard 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 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!

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2 Ian Paice - Deep Purple Ian Paice - Deep Purple Ian 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

3 Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow Ronnie James Dio - Rainbow Ronnie 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 more.
4 David Coverdale - Deep Purple, Whitesnake David Coverdale - Deep Purple, Whitesnake David 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 more.
5 Cozy Powell - Rainbow, Whitesnake Cozy Powell - Rainbow, Whitesnake Colin 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.
6 Roger Glover - Deep Purple, Rainbow Roger Glover - Deep Purple, Rainbow Roger 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.
7 Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian Gillan - Deep Purple Ian 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).
8 Jon Lord - Deep Purple Jon Lord - Deep Purple John 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
9 Steve Morse - Deep Purple Steve Morse - Deep Purple Steven 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

10 Joe Lynn Turner - Rainbow, Deep Purple Joe Lynn Turner - Rainbow, Deep Purple Joe Lynn Turner is an American singer, known for his works with hard rock/metal bands Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple.

The Contenders

11 Don Airey - Rainbow, Deep Purple Don Airey - Rainbow, Deep Purple

+ Whitesnake, I forgot to add it. - Metal_Treasure

12 Steve Vai - Whitesnake Steve Vai - Whitesnake Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.
13 Joe Satriani - Deep Purple Joe Satriani - Deep Purple Joseph 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 more.

He briefly toured with Deep Purple as the lead guitarist, joining shortly after the departure of Ritchie Blackmore in November 1993. - Metal_Treasure

14 Adrian Vandenberg - Whitesnake Adrian Vandenberg - Whitesnake
15 Glenn Hughes - Deep Purple Glenn Hughes - Deep Purple
16 Bob Daisley - Rainbow Bob Daisley - Rainbow
17 Vivian Campbell - Whitesnake Vivian Campbell - Whitesnake Vivian 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.
18 Rod Evans - Deep Purple Rod Evans - Deep Purple Roderic 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

19 Tommy Bolin - Deep Purple Tommy Bolin - Deep Purple
20 Jimmy Bain - Rainbow James Stewart "Jimmy" Bain was a Scottish musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio.
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