List of Deep Purple band members

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The current lineup of Deep Purple, from left to right: Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Steve Morse and Don Airey.

Deep Purple are an English hard rock band from Hertford, Hertfordshire. Originally known as Roundabout, the group formed in March 1968 featuring vocalist Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord.[1] This first lineup of the band, known as Mark I, released three albums within the space of a year – Shades of Deep Purple, The Book of Taliesyn and Deep Purple – before Evans and Simper were fired from the band at the request of Blackmore and Lord.[2] Mark II of Deep Purple saw Ian Gillan and Roger Glover replace Evans and Simper, respectively, in the summer of 1969.[2] This lineup of the band has since been identified as their most successful, with their next four albums reaching the top four of the UK Albums Chart, including number-one albums Fireball and Machine Head.[3]

After the release of seventh studio album Who Do We Think We Are in early 1973, Gillan left the group due to creative differences with Blackmore, and was followed shortly by Glover.[1] Deep Purple, Mark III were formed later in the year with the addition of vocalist David Coverdale and bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes.[2] This lineup released two studio albums – Burn and Stormbringer, both in 1974 – before founding member Blackmore left the band, reportedly due to the new influences of funk rock presented by Coverdale and Hughes.[2] Mark IV of the band, featuring Tommy Bolin in place of Blackmore, released their only album Come Taste the Band in 1975, before breaking up the following year.[2]

After almost ten years disbanded, Deep Purple reformed in 1984 with the Mark II lineup of Gillan, Blackmore, Glover, Paice and Lord.[1] However, after just two albums – 1984's Perfect Strangers and 1987's The House of Blue Light – Gillan left the band once again following tensions with Blackmore.[2] He was briefly replaced by Joe Lynn Turner, who had performed with Blackmore in Rainbow, before returning again just a few years later.[1][2] Blackmore departed again in 1993 and was replaced briefly by Joe Satriani, before current guitarist Steve Morse joined in his place permanently in 1994 to begin Deep Purple Mark VII.[2] Another original member, keyboardist Lord, departed in 2002, leaving only drummer Paice as the only constant member; Lord later died of pancreatic cancer in 2012.[1][1] Lord's replacement was Don Airey.[1]



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Ian Paice Ian Paice
  • 1968–1976
  • 1984–present
all Deep Purple releases
Roger Glover Roger Glover
  • 1969–1973
  • 1984–present
Ian Gillan Ian Gillan
  • 1969–1973
  • 1984–1989
  • 1992–present
Steve Morse Steve Morse 1994–present guitar all Deep Purple releases from Purpendicular (1996) to present
Don Airey Don Airey 2002–present
(touring member 2001–2002)
keyboards all Deep Purple releases from Bananas (2003) to present


Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Jon Lord Jon Lord
  • 1968–1976
  • 1984–2002
Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore
  • 1968–1975
  • 1984–1993
  • all Deep Purple releases from Shades of Deep Purple (1968) to Stormbringer (1974)
  • all Deep Purple releases from Perfect Strangers (1984) to The Battle Rages On... (1993)
Rod Evans Rod Evans 1968–1969 vocals
Nick Simper 1968–1969
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • Shades of Deep Purple (1968)
  • The Book of Taliesyn (1968)
  • Deep Purple (1969)
Glenn Hughes Glenn Hughes 1973–1976
  • bass
  • vocals
  • Burn (1974)
  • Stormbringer (1974)
  • Come Taste the Band (1975)
David Coverdale David Coverdale 1973–1976 vocals
  • Burn (1974)
  • Stormbringer (1974)
  • Come Taste the Band (1975)
Tommy Bolin Tommy Bolin 1975–1976
  • guitar
  • vocals
Come Taste the Band (1975)
Joe Lynn Turner Joe Lynn Turner 1989–1992 vocals Slaves and Masters (1990)
Joe Satriani Joe Satriani 1993–1994 guitar none



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Ankeny, Jason. "Deep Purple: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Deep Purple Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide". Ultimate Classic Rock. Diffuser Network. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Deep Purple". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 

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