Even as Gillan became a rock god with Deep Purple, he starred in the famous musical's cast album.
We present a uDiscover Music playlist celebrating Laurens Hammond's fantastic invention, starring Jimmy Smith, Booker T and the MGs, Procol Harum and many more.
The Mk I line-up's show at the famed venue was part of their new focus on the American market.
Others contributing include Chad Smith and Mike Joyce, with funds raised going to Teenage Cancer Trust.
'Stormbringer' was the second Purple album to feature Mk II staples Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice along with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.
Watch the new split-screen footage of the Mk II line-up in their early pomp.
The eight albums cover the band's 1972-77 period and their Mk II, III and IV line-ups.
Previous winners of the prestigious prize include Elton John, Sting, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Paul McCartney.
The guitar hero isn't sure about the Stones or Alice, but who gets his vote?
The rock giant talks about his fellow guitar figureheads.
The widely-travelled keyboard player delivers a new album of his own.
Legendary rocker Alice Cooper has announced an extensive second leg of his 'Paranormal' tour, with the dates stretching across the fall of 2018.
Former Deep Purple legend Glenn Hughes takes his 'Classic Deep Purple Live' tour to North America during August and September 2018.
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have streamed a new track Waiting For A Sign and have a new studio album Memories In Rock II due in April
Glenn Hughes brings his Classic Deep Purple Live Tour to the UK for live dates after playing European shows during the summer of 2018
After the 'Perfect Strangers' reunion, Deep Purple were back on album duty little more than two years later with 'The House Of Blue Light.'