Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series, where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore music from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

  • Gillan sang in a production of Jesus Christ Superstarbefore joining the band. His powerful vocals set the standard for the role.
  • During his time apart from Deep Purple, Gillan formed the predictably titled Ian Gillan Band, which released six albums between 1978 and 1982. He was also in Black Sabbath for a short time (not with Ozzy).
  • Glover has done session and production work for Judas Priest, Nazareth, Spencer Davis, Gillan, and Rainbow. Rainbow is the group Blackmore formed when he left Deep Purple.
  • After leaving Deep Purple, Coverdale went on to stardom in the ’80s hair band Whitesnake.
  • Blackmore rejected comparisons to groups like Black Sabbath. “We don’t just shower the songs with heavy chords and leave it at that,” he said.
  • Their highest-charting album in America was Machine Head in 1972, thanks to “Smoke on the Water.” It only reached #7, but had staying power, selling over two million copies and putting the band in the same sales league with The Who and Led Zeppelin.
  • Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani has played guitar for the band on tour.
  • Turner started his music career in a Deep Purple cover band. After Gillan’s second departure, he got a chance at the real thing. He had also been a singer for Rainbow.
  • Gillan was in many bands before joining Deep Purple. They include: Wainright’s Gentlemen, The Moonshiners, and the Hickies.
  • Lord was in a band with Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood called The Santa Barbara Machine Head. Lord also was a member of the Artwoods. The lead singer of that group was Ron Wood’s brother, Art Wood.
  • One of Blackmore’s previous bands was called the Roman Empire, which performed wearing gladiator outfits.
  • Deep Purple was originally signed to the Tetragrammaton label, a US-based company owned by comedian Bill Cosby.
  • They adopted the Deep Purple name following a brief Scandinavian tour, immediately after which the quintet began recording their debut album, whose sound was heavily influenced by the US band Vanilla Fudge.
  • Bolin replaced Ritchie Blackmore, who left the band in 1975. Tommy died a year later on December 4, 1976 of a drug overdose at age 25.
  • They held the Guinness Book of World Records title of the Worlds Loudest Band (117 dB) in the 1975-76 edition.
  • Deep Purple has undergone various lineup changes labeled in “Marks.” Mark II was the most successful featuring Ian Gillan as singer, Richie Blackmore as guitarist, Roger Glover on bass, Ian Paice on drums, and Jon Lord on keyboards. Ian Paice is the only original member who was with every variation of the group.
  • The back cover for the Made In Japan album was a photo from a September 30, 1972 gig at the Brixton Sundown (now the Brixton O2 Academy). If you look closely, you may spot the future Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen in the crowd.
  • Original singer Evans used the Deep Purple name to play West Coast bars in the early 1980s.
  • The first album recorded after Gillan and Glover joined was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; it was a live album called Concerto for Group and Orchestra, with music composed by Jon Lord. Blackmore wasn’t a fan. “I don’t like rock musicians playing with classical orchestras,” he told Cameron Crowe. “I thought it was stupid when we were doing it.”
  • Deep Purple finally made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016 – 23 years after they were first eligible. Only the first three lineups were inducted, leaving out Bolin, Turner and Morse. Blackmore skipped the ceremony because he and the current lineup couldn’t come to terms on the performance.

DEEP PURPLE To Release New Album, ‘Whoosh!’, In June

According to various online retailers, the new DEEP PURPLE album will be titled “Whoosh!” and will be released on June 12 via earMUSIC. The legendary rockers’ 21st studio LP was once again helmed by Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (KISSPINK FLOYDALICE COOPER), who also worked on DEEP PURPLE‘s last two studio albums, 2017’s “Infinite” and 2013’s “Now What?!”

DEEP PURPLE will promote “Whoosh!”‘s release by embarking on a five-date U.K. tour in October with special guests BLUE ÖYSTER CULT.

Last fall, DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover told the Chicago Sun-Times that he and his bandmates planned to keep recording new music.

“We’ve been working a bit,” he revealed. “There’s a few things around, we don’t know yet what’s, where, or when, but we’ve not stopped yet.

“There’s a danger, of course, if you’ve become successful, that people want you to do the same thing and be successful all over again and keep going, but it doesn’t work that way,” he added. “You can’t just simply repeat yourself.”

Having released six albums since 1996, Glover said everyone in PURPLE has been committed to keeping things fresh.

“I think that there was almost an unspoken desire to move forward, to not repeat ourselves,” he explained. “Of course, the players are the same, so the sounds can be the same in all the style or something like that. But as far as writing songs are concerned, I think most bands don’t get the songs right. They talk about performance and hooks and stuff like that, but to me writing a song is much more than that. And we’ve always tried to write different songs. The danger is, of course, you become a parody of yourself if you try and copy yourself. And so, we’ve always tried to move on and change. It’s a challenge.”

DEEP PURPLE — which had been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades — finally entered the Rock Hall as part of the class of 2016. The band’s first three lineups were inducted, including drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, late keyboardist Jon Lord, and various singers and bassists — Rod Evans; Ian Gillan and Glover; and David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.

Psychedelic Lunch

Welcome to our “Psychedelic Lunch” series where we find out how deep the rabbit hole really goes and explore psychedelic tunes from the 60’s to today. Weekdays At Noon EST. Enjoy the trip!

Deep Purple, Hush Album: Shades Of Deep Purple (1968)

  • This was written by Joe South and first recorded by the country singer Billy Joe Royal in 1967. Joe South was a prominent session musician and songwriter; some of his other compositions include “Games People Play” and “Rose Garden.” South also wrote “Down in the Boondocks” for Royal, which was a #9 US hit in 1965.
  • After Royal released his version, “Hush” was quickly recorded by many artists in a variety of styles. The song is about a guy who is so crazy in love that he’ll drop everything if he thinks she might be calling his name. Royal’s recording has a definite country feel, while Deep Purple used a heavy rock sound.

    Other artists to record the song include Jimmy Frey, The Rubes, Killdozer, Dan Baird, Gotthard and Thin Lizzy. Kula Shaker had the biggest UK hit with their cover going to #2 in 1997.
  • Joe South adapted the song from an old African American spiritual, which included the line: “Hush I thought I heard Jesus calling my name.”
  • It was a cohort of producer Joe Meek, Rod Freeman, who taught Deep Purple this song. Keyboardist Jon Lord recalled to Mojo magazine January 2009: “Initially we thought it’s a bit too disco, or whatever the word was then. But Ritchie (Blackmore) said it would work if we toughened it up a bit.”
  • This song has been in the following films: Apollo 11(1996), Isn’t She Great (2000), Beyond the Sea (2004), Children of Men (2006).
  • e UK Charlatans lifted the organ riff on their 1990 UK hit “The Only One I Know” from this song.
  • This was not a hit in Deep Purple’s native UK, though a re-recording made to celebrate their 20th anniversary reached a measly #62 in 1988.
  • In 1997 British band Kula Shaker’s cover of this song peaked at #2 in the UK, bettering Deep Purple’s chart position by 60 places. Kula Shaker’s version featured in the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer.
  • Jon Lord (from Mojo magazine): “The whacka thing on the organ was something I started doing in (his previous band) The Artwoods. I played it almost like a set of conga drums. The rhythm of Hush is like a samba.”
  • The Deep Purple version was included on their first album and recorded with the band’s original lineup, which didn’t include lead singer Ian Gillan, who joined in 1969, replacing Rod Evans. The song is a fan favorite, but Gillan kept it off the setlists when he was in the band, since he wasn’t the original singer.

    When Steve Morse joined Deep Purple on guitar in 1994, he pushed to bring the song back to their live shows, which they did. “We have a big improv section in there and it’s just a great feel from beginning to end for me,” Morse said in our 2014 interview. “And the lyrics are not even lyrics. It’s just ‘Na nana na na na nananana.’ It’s the most basic tune in the world, but to me Deep Purple got on the map as a hard rock band from doing that version of ‘Hush.’ So I love that. And we stretch that out pretty far live.”
  • In the US, this was released on Tetragrammaton Records, which was co-owned by Bill Cosby.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Deep Purple: Made In Japan

Deep Purple didn’t even want to record a live album, but their record label prevailed, and we can thank them for their perseverance in the form of Made In Japan (1973), one of the greatest live albums in history.

At one point the listener can clearly hear lead vocalist Ian Gillan proclaim, “Can we have everything louder than everything else?” This turned out to be the recipe for the outstanding sound contained on the double LP.

In addition to the relative volume levels (Deep Purple were listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the world’s loudest band for a long time), the songs were stretched out from their studio versions to emphasize the musical wizardry of lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboard guru Jon Lord, and the titanium rhythm machine of Roger Glover on bass and Ian Paice on drums.

Seven killer Purple classics featured on Made In Japan, including a monster jam on Space Truckin’ that took up all of side 4, the definitive live version of the immortal Smoke On The Water, and incendiary opening song (Highway Star), the great call and response between Gillan’s voice and Blackmore’s guitar on the bluesy Strange Kind Of Woman, and Gillan’s vocals throughout Child In Time that range from the softest whispers to the throat shredding primal screams that were his trademark. Lord and Blackmore had some fun stretching out the intro to Lazy before the whole band came in and blew the minds of thousands of Japanese fans in person (and countless music fans on vinyl, cassette, CD, and streaming to the end of time). Even Paice got in on the party with a fusillade of drumming techniques on The Mule. Not bad for a band who didn’t really think a live album was that important for their career!

On This Day in History

On this date in history, 6/29/2001, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, and Ted Nugent teamed up to play a show at Deer Creek that I was looking forward to enjoying every minute of. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

Traffic going into the venue was stalled for an unbearable amount of time due to an accident, so by the time my party arrived, we entirely missed Nugent’s set, and made it to the lawn just in time to hear Deep Purple play their final song, “Smoke On The Water.”

I had really wanted to hear the amazing Steve Morse play guitar with Purple, and while we were finally getting inside the gates, I could faintly hear him playing his showcase guitar solo. Oh well, maybe I will get to see him later this summer when Purple comes around with Alice Cooper.

Lynyrd Skynyrd rocked and I have to say they turned a big disappointment into an enjoyable end to the night. I was really bummed because I was mainly going to see Ted and Deep Purple, but every time I see Skynyrd I realize just how deep their catalogue is and how good they are even now with all the replacement parts. Hats off the Gary Rossington and his efforts to keep the Skynyrd flag flying high and proud.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

Website Powered by

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: