List of Deep Purple members

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Deep Purple, from top to bottom, in 1968 (Mark I), 1970 (Mark II), 1975 (Mark III), 1976 (Mark IV), 1991 (Mark V), 1995 (Mark VII), 2013 (Mark VIII) and 2022 (Mark IX).

Deep Purple are a British hard rock band originally from Hertford. Formed in March 1968, the group originally included vocalist Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice ("Mark I"). Evans and Simper were soon replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover ("Mark II"). When they broke up for the first time in July 1976 the band featured Lord, Paice, vocalist David Coverdale, bassist / vocalist Glenn Hughes, and guitarist / vocalist Tommy Bolin ("Mark IV"). The group reformed in April 1984 with their "Mark II" lineup of Blackmore, Lord, Paice, Gillan and Glover. The current lineup, dubbed "Mark IX", features Paice, Gillan, Glover, guitarist Simon McBride and keyboardist Don Airey.

History[edit]

1968–1976[edit]

Deep Purple were formed under the name Roundabout in March 1968 by vocalist Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice.[1] Lord and Simper had previously played together with The Flower Pot Men, and the bassist had earlier worked briefly with Blackmore;[2] Evans and Paice were brought in from The Maze, whom the guitarist had seen performing.[1] The group soon changed their name to Deep Purple, after the song of the same name by Nino Tempo & April Stevens.[3] Deep Purple quickly recorded their first album Shades of Deep Purple, which was issued in July 1968.[4] After The Book of Taliesyn and Deep Purple, Blackmore, Lord and Paice made the decision in May 1969 to dismiss Evans and Simper, wanting to pursue a heavier direction for which they deemed the pair unsuitable.[5]

By the time the original lineup, subsequently dubbed "Mark I", played their last show on 4 July 1969, new vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover had already been recruited from Episode Six.[6] During its four-year tenure, the "Mark II" lineup established itself as the most commercially and critically acclaimed of the group's history, releasing the studio albums Deep Purple in Rock, Fireball, Machine Head and Who Do We Think We Are, in addition to the live albums Concerto for Group and Orchestra and Made in Japan.[7] However, following increasing tensions and exhaustion, in October 1972 Gillan informed the rest of the band that he would be leaving after the remaining tour dates were completed.[8] Glover followed the singer later in providing his resignation, believing that Blackmore wanted him to leave.[5] The final show of the tour took place on 29 June 1973 in Osaka, Japan, after which Gillan and Glover both left and "Mark II" came to an end.[9][10]

On 14 July 1973, it was announced in Melody Maker magazine that Glenn Hughes of Trapeze had replaced Glover on bass.[11] Paul Rodgers, who had been a member of Free until their recent breakup, was initially offered the role of frontman, but he declined to focus on the formation of Bad Company.[12] The position vacated by Gillan was later taken by David Coverdale, who auditioned in the summer and was unveiled as Deep Purple's new vocalist on 23 September 1973.[13] After "Mark III" released Burn and Stormbringer, the creatively frustrated Blackmore recorded a self-titled debut album by a new project dubbed Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (later shortened to just Rainbow) in early 1975.[14] This ultimately led to his departure from Deep Purple, which was officially announced on 21 June 1975.[15] Despite Blackmore's core creative role in the band, Deep Purple continued with the addition of former James Gang guitarist Tommy Bolin.[16] After just one album, Come Taste the Band, "Mark IV" played their final show on 15 March 1976, before breaking up officially on 19 July.[17] Bolin died of a heroin overdose that December.[18]

1984 onwards[edit]

After eight years of inactivity, on 27 April 1984 it was announced that the "Mark II" lineup of Deep Purple were set to return for a worldwide tour and a new album.[19] The reunion of Gillan, Blackmore, Glover, Lord and Paice lasted for five years and spawned two studio albums, Perfect Strangers and The House of Blue Light.[7] By the middle of 1989, however, Gillan had left the group for a second time, with the other members firing him due to creative and personal differences.[20] After auditioning and rehearsing with numerous potential replacements for the vocalist, the band eventually enlisted Joe Lynn Turner, who had previously worked with Blackmore and Glover in Rainbow, to take Gillan's place in December 1989.[21] This "Mark V" lineup recorded just one album, Slaves and Masters, which was released in 1990 and promoted on tour throughout 1991.[7]

In August 1992, despite having started work on the band's next album, Turner was suddenly dismissed from Deep Purple.[22] Gillan subsequently returned for a third stint as lead vocalist, as management wanted the classic "Mark II" lineup back together for a planned 25th anniversary tour, and the band issued The Battle Rages On... in 1993.[23][24] Blackmore was unhappy with Gillan's return and Turner's firing, however, which led to renewed and increasing tensions between the pair on the subsequent touring cycle.[25] The guitarist played his final show with Deep Purple on 17 November 1993.[26] After briefly considering disbanding, the band added Joe Satriani in Blackmore's place for a string of pre-arranged tour dates, including shows in Japan and Europe starting in December.[27] This "Mark VI" arrangement was only temporary, however, with the guitarist returning to his solo career at the end of the run in July 1994.[27]

Blackmore was eventually officially replaced by former Dixie Dregs and Kansas guitarist Steve Morse on August 17, 1994, who debuted with the band at three low-key gigs in November 1994 and was later offered the position permanently.[28] The "Mark VII" lineup remained stable throughout the rest of the decade, releasing two studio albums in Purpendicular and Abandon.[7] In March 2002, it was announced that Lord – a member of every lineup of Deep Purple to date – was set to amicably retire from the group, with Don Airey taking his place.[29] The keyboardist's departure left Paice as the sole remaining constant member of the band.[30] The "Mark VIII" lineup of Gillan, Morse, Glover, Airey and Paice released six studio albums: Bananas in 2003, Rapture of the Deep in 2005, Now What?! in 2013, Infinite in 2017, Whoosh! in 2020 and Turning to Crime in 2021.[31] The lineup remained active until March 2022, when the band announced that Steve Morse would go on a hiatus and be replaced by Simon McBride,[32] who has previously toured with both Ian Gillan and Don Airey.[33] On 23 July 2022, it was announced that Steve Morse had permanently left.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Ian Paice
  • 1968–1976
  • 1984–present
  • drums
  • percussion
all Deep Purple releases to date
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Roger Glover
  • 1969–1973
  • 1984–present (hiatus 2011)
  • bass guitar
  • additional keyboards (1984, 1990)
  • occasional backing vocals
Deep Purple - inFinite - The Long Goodbye Tour - Barclaycard Arena Hamburg 2017 23a.jpg
Ian Gillan
  • 1969–1973
  • 1984–1989
  • 1992–present
  • lead vocals
  • percussion
  • harmonica
  • all Deep Purple studio albums from Deep Purple in Rock (1970) to Who Do We Think We Are (1973), Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), and from The Battle Rages On... (1993) onwards
  • all Deep Purple Marks II, VII and VIII live releases
Deep Purple - inFinite - The Long Goodbye Tour - Barclaycard Arena Hamburg 2017 05.jpg
Don Airey 2002–present
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • piano
  • all Deep Purple studio albums from Bananas (2003) onwards
  • all Deep Purple Mark VIII live releases
2022 Lieder am See - Deep Purple - Simon McBride - by 2eight - 9SC6851.jpg
Simon McBride
  • 2022–present
  • guitars
  • backing vocals
none to date

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Jon Lord
  • 1968–1976
  • 1984–2002 (died 2012)
  • keyboards
  • synthesisers
  • piano
  • backing vocals (1968–1969, 1974–1976)
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Ritchie Blackmore
  • 1968–1975
  • 1984–1993
guitars
  • all Deep Purple studio albums from Shades of Deep Purple (1968) to Stormbringer (1974), and from Perfect Strangers (1984) to The Battle Rages On... (1993)
  • all Deep Purple Marks I–III live releases
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Rod Evans 1968–1969 lead vocals
  • all Deep Purple studio albums from Shades of Deep Purple (1968) to Deep Purple (1969)
  • all Deep Purple Mark I live releases
Nick Simper (cropped).jpg
Nick Simper
  • bass guitar
  • backing vocals
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Glenn Hughes 1973–1976
  • bass guitar
  • backing and lead vocals
  • all Deep Purple studio albums from Burn (1974) to Come Taste the Band (1975)
  • all Deep Purple Marks III–IV live releases
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David Coverdale lead and backing vocals
Tommy Bolin with a Yamaha SX (cropped).jpg
Tommy Bolin 1975–1976 (died 1976)
  • guitars
  • backing and occasional lead vocals
  • Come Taste the Band (1975)
  • all Deep Purple Mark IV live releases
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Joe Lynn Turner 1989–1992 lead vocals Slaves and Masters (1990)
Joe satriani without sunglasses 2004.jpg
Joe Satriani 1993–1994 guitars none
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Steve Morse
  • 1994–2022
  • guitars
  • occasional backing vocals

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Notes
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Christopher Cross 1970 guitars On 28 August 1970, Cross briefly filled in for Ritchie Blackmore, as he had a bad flu shot. Together with Cross, the group played a concert in the city of San Antonio at the «Jam Factory».[34][35][36][37]
Randy California 1972 On 6 April 1972, Randy temporarily filled in for Blackmore at a concert in Quebec, as he contracted hepatitis.[38][39]
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Candice Night 1993 backing vocals Night performed backing vocals at select dates on Deep Purple's 1993 tour on the request of Ritchie Blackmore.[40]
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Nick Fyffe 2011 bass guitar Fyffe filled in for Roger Glover for a series of European dates in 2011.[41]
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Jordan Rudess 2020
  • keyboards
  • synthesisers
  • piano
Rudess filled in for Don Airey for one show in March 2020, while Airey was absent for undisclosed reasons.[42]

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Lineup (period) Members Studio albums Live albums
Mark I
(March 1968 – July 1969)
Mark II
(July 1969 – June 1973)
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
Mark III
(September 1973 – April 1975)
  • David Coverdale – lead and backing vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Glenn Hughes – bass guitar, backing and lead vocals
  • Jon Lord – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
Mark IV
(May 1975 – March 1976)
  • David Coverdale – lead and backing vocals
  • Tommy Bolin – guitars, vocals
  • Glenn Hughes – bass guitar, backing and lead vocals
  • Jon Lord – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
Band inactive July 1976 – April 1984
Mark II (reunion)
(April 1984 – December 1989)
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
Mark V
(December 1989 – August 1992)
  • Joe Lynn Turner – lead vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
none
Mark II (second reunion)
(August 1992 – November 1993)
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Ritchie Blackmore – guitars
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
Mark VI
(November 1993 – July 1994)
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Joe Satriani – guitars
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
none
Mark VII
(July 1994 – March 2002)
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Steve Morse – guitars
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
Mark VIII
(March 2002 – March 2022)
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Steve Morse – guitars
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Don Airey – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
Mark IX
(April 2022 – present)
  • Ian Gillan – lead vocals, percussion, harmonica
  • Simon McBride – guitars, backing vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Don Airey – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums, percussion
none

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