Deep Purple is one of very few heavy metal bands I appreciate and Smoke On The Water, Space Trucking and Highway Star are three of the very few rock songs I love. Formed in 1968, this magnificent English band is from Hertford, Hertfordshire.
Along with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although some band members have tried not to categorize themselves as any one genre. The band also incorporated classical music, blues-rock, pop and progressive rock elements.
They were once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's loudest band and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Deep Purple was ranked number 22 on VHI's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock program.
Ian Paice, Deep Purple drummer, was featured in another posting on February 22nd 2009. Check it out.
Article from: Wikipedia
Image: Deep Purple Website
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