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Deep Purple was one of the first Hard Rock bands.

They were formed in 1968 as Roundabout, consisting of Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Jon Lord on hammond organ, Chris Curtis on vocals, Dave Curtis on bass and Bobby Woodman on drums. After only a month of rehearsals, Blackmore and Lord would be the only two remaining members, bringing in vocalist Rod Evans[?], bassist Nick Simper[?] and drummer Ian Paice[?]. In April, the band would change its name to Deep Purple.

After three albums and extensive touring in the states, it was the inclusion of Ian Gillan[?] and Roger Glover[?] that created the essential Deep Purple line-up Mark II, that was reunited two times. They published the highly influential and successful albums "Deep Purple In Rock" and "Machine Head" and the live album "Made In Japan".


Deep Purple Mark I (April 1968 - June 1969)

Deep Purple Mark IIa (June 1969 - 30 June 1973)

Deep Purple Mark III (October 1973 - 5 April 1975)

Deep Purple Mark IV (1975 - July 1976 (last gig was March 15 1976))

  • Tommy Bolin (guitar + vocals)
  • David Coverdale (vocals)
  • Glenn Hughes (bass + vocals)
  • Jon Lord (keyboards)
  • Ian Paice (drums)

Deep Purple Mark IIb (reunion) (April 1984 - April 1989) Same lineup as Mk II above.

Deep Purple Mark V (Autumn 1989 - Autumn 1992)

  • Ritchie Blackmore (guitar)
  • Roger Glover (bass)
  • Jon Lord (keyboards)
  • Ian Paice (drums)
  • Joe Lynn Turner[?] (vocals)

Deep Purple Mark IIc (re-reunion) (Autumn 1992 - 17 November 1993) Same lineup as Mk II above.

Deep Purple Mark VI (2. December 1993 - July 1994)

  • Ian Gillan (vocals)
  • Roger Glover (bass)
  • Jon Lord (keyboards)
  • Ian Paice (drums)
  • Joe Satriani (guitar)

This is the only non-recording lineup.

Deep Purple Mark VII (November 1994 - February 2002)

  • Ian Gillan (vocals)
  • Roger Glover (bass and backing vocals)
  • Jon Lord (keyboards)
  • Ian Paice (drums)
  • Steve Morse[?] (guitar and backing vocals)

Deep Purple Mark VIII (March 2002 - present)

  • Ian Gillan (vocals)
  • Roger Glover (bass and backing vocals)
  • Don Airey[?] (keyboards)
  • Ian Paice (drums)
  • Steve Morse (guitar and backing vocals)


Mk I

  • Shades of Deep Purple, September 1968
  • The Book of Taliesyn, December 1968
  • Deep Purple, November 1969
Mk IIa
  • Concerto for Group and Orchestra, December 1969
  • Deep Purple in Rock, June 1970
  • Fireball, September 1971
  • Machine Head, March 1972
  • Who Do We Think We Are, February 1973
  • Burn, February 1974
  • Stormbringer, December 1974
  • Come Taste the Band, October 1975
Mk IIb
  • Perfect Strangers, 1984
  • The House of Blue Light, 1987
Mk V
  • Slaves & Masters, 1990
Mk IIc
  • The Battle Rages on..., July 1993
  • Purpendicular, February 1996
  • Abandon, May 1998

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