The fourth studio set for Ritchie Blackmore’s band featured new lead singer Graham Bonnet replacing Ronnie James Dio.
Few players have infused rock music with the potent mixture of classical and blues influences that Lord did.
Extensive line-up changes couldn't stand in the way of a fast-emerging rock force.
The legend of 'Smoke On The Water' sometimes overshadows the song's unusual chart history.
With the 'Jailbreak' album already climbing the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Lizzy's ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ single entered the Hot 100 on 15 May 1976.
The powerhouse rock outfit's new set was bolstered by the rock radio hit 'Stone Cold.'
In the spring of 1978, Ritchie Blackmore's band scored their highest-debuting UK album to date.
Formed in Hertford in 1968 Deep Purple are often called pioneers of heavy metal and while there’s some truth in that, they would prefer to be viewed as a quality rock group.
The rock favourites hit the UK top ten with their version of the Russ Ballard song.
Hit singles were less of a consideration for Ritchie Blackmore's band, but the song became the rock radio flagship for their seventh album 'Bent Out Of Shape.'
In recognition of a man who was a key ingredient in the early emergence of a British rock institution.
In November 1984, the Mk II Deep Purple line-up of Blackmore-Gillan-Glover-Lord-Paice reconvened in style for the album 'Perfect Strangers.'
Recorded while guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was leaving the band, ‘Made In Europe’ nevertheless reveals what a tight unit Deep Purple were.
The band's seventh studio album 'Bent Out Of Shape' was fuelled by the big US rock radio hit ‘Street Of Dreams.'
Two musical worlds came together in Purple's epic 1969 live recording.