On This Day (September 22)…Happy Birthday, David Coverdale!

The singer David Coverdale was born on this day in 1951.

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Coverdale onstage early in his career in 1974. Retrieved from here.

A young Coverdale saw an ad in Melody Maker Magazine in 1973 from Deep Purple requesting a singer. He responded with an audition tape and later an in-person try-out, after which time he got the job; despite being a relative unknown, he beat out such well-known singers as Paul Rodgers of Free to get the job. He remained with Purple from December 1973 until March 1976, becoming Purple’s second-longest serving lead singer in the process.

Coverdale remained on the hard rock scene after Purple folded, first attempting a solo career and then founding Whitesnake. With Whitesnake, he has sung on thirteen albums.

Today is a great day to spin Purple’s Mark III and IV albums, as well as any Whitesnake you can get your hand on. We here at Gotta Hear ’em All wish Mr. Coverdale a happy birthday and hope he has a good year to come!

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