Deep Purple in History

Events in Music

  • 1973-08-28 "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple goes gold

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-06-21 Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple, forms Rainbow

Birthdays in Music

  • 1917-04-30 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), born in The Bronx, Yew York (d. 2017)
  • 1935-01-06 Nino Tempo, American rock vocalist (Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1936-04-29 April Stevens, American vocalist (single Deep Purple), born in Niagara Falls, New York
  • 1941-06-09 Jon Lord, British keyboardist (Deep Purple-Hush, White Snake), born in Leicester, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941-08-26 Chris Curtis, [Chris Crummy], rock drummer/vocalist (Deep Purple)

Person of interestRitchie Blackmore

1945-04-14 Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple), born in Weston-super-Mare, England

  • 1945-08-19 Ian Gillan, English heavy metal and rock singer-songwriter (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor), born in London
  • 1945-11-03 Nick Simper, English bass guitarist (Deep Purple, Warhorse), born in Norwood Green, England
  • 1945-11-30 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six-Deep Purple)
  • 1947-01-19 Roderic "Rod" Evans, English rocker (The Maze, Deep Purple), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1948-06-29 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer (White Snake, Deep Purple), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1949-09-22 David Coverdale, English singer (Whitesnake, Deep Purple), born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England
  • 1951-08-01 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1976)
  • 1952-08-21 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple), born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • 1954-07-28 Steve Morse, American rocker ( Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple), born in Hamilton, Ohio

Deaths in Music

  • 1976-12-04 Tommy Bolin, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose and other substances at 25
  • 2017-08-19 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), dies at 100