Gillan sang in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar before joining the band. His powerful vocals set the standard for the role.
During his time apart from Deep Purple, Gillan formed the predictably-titled Ian Gillan Band, which released 6 albums between 1978 and 1982. He was also in Black Sabbath for a short time (not with Ozzy).
Glover has done session and production work for Judas Priest, Nazareth, Spencer Davis, Gillan, and Rainbow. Rainbow is the group Blackmore formed when he left Deep Purple.
After leaving Deep Purple, Coverdale went on to stardom in the '80s hair band Whitesnake.
Original singer Evans used the Deep Purple name to play West Coast bars in the early 1980s.
The first album recorded after Gillan and Glover joined was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It didn't do too well commercially.
Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani has played guitar for the band on tour.
Turner started his music career in a Deep Purple cover band. After Gillan's second departure, he got a chance at the real thing. He had also been a singer for Rainbow.
Gillan was in many bands before joining Deep Purple. They include: Wainright's Gentlemen, The Moonshiners, and the Hickies.
Lord was in a band with Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood called The Santa Barbara Machine Head. Lord also was a member of the Artwoods. The lead singer of that group was Ron Wood's brother, Art Wood.
One of Blackmore's previous bands was called the Roman Empire, which performed wearing gladiator outfits.
Deep Purple was originally signed to the Tetragrammaton label, a US-based company owned by comedian Bill Cosby.
They adopted the Deep Purple name following a brief Scandinavian tour, immediately after which the quintet began recording their debut album, whose sound was heavily influenced by the US band Vanilla Fudge.
Bolin replaced Ritchie Blackmore who left the band in 1975. Tommy died a year later on December 4th 1976 of a drug overdose.He was 25.
They held the Guinness Book of World Records title of the Worlds Loudest Band (117 dB) in the 1975-76 edition. (thanks, rick - woodland, CA)
Deep Purple has undergone various line-up changes labeled in "Marks." Mark 2 was the most successful featuring Ian Gillan as singer, Richie Blackmore as guitarist, Roger Glover on bass, Ian Paice on drums, and Jon Lord on keyboards. Today, only Ian Paice is an original member. Jon Lord and Richie Blackmore would have also been original but Steve Morse replaced Blackmore full time and Jon Lord retired in 2001 and thus was replaced by Don Airey who had played with various bands including Jethro Tull and Rainbow. (thanks, Aram - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)