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Deep Purple: A Band Breakdown

Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 11 September 1971

OFTEN ABUSED BY critics and disc jockeys, Deep Purple have won through during the past two years to become one of this country's top groups. Formed in 1968 by organist Jon Lord and brilliant session guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, their initial success came in America. At that stage the line-up featured current drummer Ian Paice and two others who were to leave the group. These were bassist Nick Simper (currently with Warhorse) and singer Rod Evans.

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