When a Blind Man Cries

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"When a Blind Man Cries"
Single by Deep Purple
A-side "Never Before"
Released 18 March 1972
Format 7"
Recorded 6–21 December 1971
Montreux, Switzerland
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:32
Label EMI (U.K.)
Warner Bros. Records (U.S.)
Writer(s) Ritchie Blackmore
Ian Gillan
Roger Glover
Jon Lord
Ian Paice
Producer(s) Deep Purple
Deep Purple singles chronology
"Strange Kind of Woman"
"Never Before" / "When a Blind Man Cries"
"Smoke on the Water"
Machine Head track listing

"When a Blind Man Cries" is a song by British rock band Deep Purple, originally only available as the B-side of the single "Never Before", released in 1972. It was recorded during the Machine Head sessions in December 1971.

According to Ian Gillan, "it’s just an example, for example if you think of the phrase «if a blind man cries» then its pretty sad, those who are disadvantaged tend to be less complaining than those who are able bodied".[1]

Live performances[edit]

Because guitarist Ritchie Blackmore disliked "When a Blind Man Cries", the band never played the song live during his stay with the band, with the exception of one occasion, on 6 April 1972 in Quebec, Canada, when Blackmore was ill, and Randy California from Spirit stood in for him. Ian Gillan performed the song live with Ian Gillan Band during the 70's and 80's.

When Joe Satriani replaced Blackmore during The Battle Rages On... tour in November 1993, "When a Blind Man Cries" joined the setlist as early as 5 December 1993. The song has become a staple live performance ever since, and has appeared on most of the live albums the band has released with Steve Morse.

After Steve Morse joined the band the song is usually extended to around 7 minutes when performed in concert with him, while the original song was only 3 minutes.

In addition the song has also been released on the Gillan's Inn CD/DVD by Ian Gillan, featuring blind guitarist Jeff Healey.



The song was covered by Axel Rudi Pell for the 1991 album Nasty Reputation.

In 1999, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi appeared as a guest musician on a Stuart Smith album "Stuart Smith’s Heaven and Earth" performing a cover of this song.

Gary Barden covered the song for his 2011 cover album Rock 'n' Roll My Soul.

Metallica covered the song for Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head.

Turbo - famous Polish heavy metal band recorder a cover on the "Awatar" album. Along with "Neon Knight" they were the only songs sung in English on the album.


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