List of Deep Purple band members

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Deep Purple
Deep Purple in 2004.jpg
Background information
Also known as Roundabout
Origin Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
Genres Hard rock, heavy metal, psychedelic rock, blues rock, progressive rock
Years active 1968–1976, 1984–present
Labels Tetragrammaton, Warner Bros., Polydor, BMG, EMI, Edel
Associated acts The Maze, Episode Six, Trapeze, Captain Beyond, Warhorse, Rainbow, Paice Ashton Lord, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Gillan & Glover, Hughes Turner Project, Living Loud, Rock Aid Armenia, WhoCares, Black Country Communion
Website www.deeppurple.com
Members Ian Paice
Roger Glover
Ian Gillan
Steve Morse
Don Airey
Past members Former members

Deep Purple have seen several line-up changes. The line-ups are commonly labelled as "Marks".[1][2] Their second and most commercially successful line-up featured Ian Gillan (vocals), Jon Lord (organ), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), and Ritchie Blackmore (guitar). This line-up was active from 1969 to 1973, and was revived from 1984 to 1989, and again from 1992 to 1993. The band achieved more modest success in the intervening periods between 1968 and 1969 with the line-up including Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass, backing vocals), between 1974 and 1976 (Tommy Bolin replacing Blackmore in 1975) with the line-up including David Coverdale (vocals) and Glenn Hughes (bass, vocals), and between 1989 and 1992 with the line-up including Joe Lynn Turner (vocals). The band's line-up (currently featuring Ian Gillan, and guitarist Steve Morse from 1994) has been much more stable in recent years, although organist Jon Lord's retirement from the band in 2002 (being succeeded by Don Airey) left Ian Paice as the only original Deep Purple member still in the band.

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Band Lineups[edit]

Years Lineups Studio album releases

March 1968–July 1969
(Mark I)

July 1969–June 1973
(Mark II-a)

July 1973–June 1975
(Mark III)

  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • David Coverdale – lead vocals
  • Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals

June 1975–March 1976
(Mark IV)

  • Jon Lord – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • David Coverdale – lead vocals
  • Glenn Hughes – bass, vocals
  • Tommy Bolin – guitar, vocals, bass
March 1976–April 1984 (Disbanded)

April 1984–May 1989
(Mark II-b)

  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass

December 1989–August 1992
(Mark V)

  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Roger Glover – bass, backing vocals
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals

August 1992–November 1993
(Mark II-c)

  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass

December 1993–July 1994
(Mark VI)

  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Joe Satriani – guitar

November 1994–February 2002
(Mark VII)

  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Steve Morse – guitar

March 2002–present
(Mark VIII)

  • Ian Paice – drums
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass
  • Steve Morse – guitar
  • Don Airey – keyboards

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