On This Day (April 26)…Another Roundabout at Tivoli

Roundabout performed on this day in 1968 at the Nimb Hotel in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark. Ad for the show. Retrieved from here. This was the second of two concerts the group performed at Tivoli Gardens. It was possibly only the third performance that the group ever gave on their debut tour. Already, however, a … Continue reading On This Day (April 26)…Another Roundabout at Tivoli

Tour Guide: Deep Purple Tours as Roundabout

In my “tour guide” series, I’ll be setting up guides to certain tours by certain bands. This is an aspect of a project I have been undertaking in some form or other since the summer of 2017, with some collaboration. I hope it’s useful to fellow music historians and aficionados!  Deep Purple's first-ever tour was … Continue reading Tour Guide: Deep Purple Tours as Roundabout

On This Day (April 25)…Roundabout at an Amusement Park

The band Roundabout, which would soon become known as Deep Purple, performed on this day in 1968 at the Nimb Hotel in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark. Poster for the show. Retrieved from here. This was one of the first concerts undertaken by the first lineup of the band, during their short debut tour. They had … Continue reading On This Day (April 25)…Roundabout at an Amusement Park

On This Day (July 4)…Mark I Comes to an End

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1969 at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales. The first lineup of Deep Purple. Clockwise from top left: Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Nicky Simper, Rod Evans and Ian Paice. Retrieved from here. The Concert This concert was the final gasp of the Mark I lineup before singer … Continue reading On This Day (July 4)…Mark I Comes to an End

On This Day (June 21)…Deep Purple Releases, Err, Deep Purple

Deep Purple released their self-titled album Deep Purple in the United States on this day in 1969. Album cover. Retrieved from here. Despite the fact that this a self-titled album, something usually done for debuts, it was the third album the group had released. It had been recorded throughout the winter and spring of 1969 … Continue reading On This Day (June 21)…Deep Purple Releases, Err, Deep Purple

On This Day (June 10)…Deep Purple’s Split Existence

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1969 at Homerton College in Cambridge, England. The first lineup of the group. Retrieved from here. This concert ushered in a unique experience in the band's history, during which two lineups existed at the same time. Officially, the first lineup of the band was still touring, and would … Continue reading On This Day (June 10)…Deep Purple’s Split Existence

Album Review: Deep Purple—Self-Titled (1969)

Released: June 21, 1969 Personnel Ritchie Blackmore--GuitarRod Evans--VocalsJon Lord--KeyboardsIan Paice--DrumsNick Simper--Bass Tracks "Chasing Shadows" (5:34)"Blind" (5:26)"Lalena" (5:05)"Fault Line" (1:46)"The Painter" (3:51)"Why Didn't Rosemary?" (5:04)"Bird Has Flown" (5:36)"April" (12:10) Oddly enough, Deep Purple’s eponymous album is not the group’s debut, but rather their third effort, the last with the Mark I lineup which laid down so … Continue reading Album Review: Deep Purple—Self-Titled (1969)

On This Day (January 7)…A Letter for Emmaretta

Deep Purple recorded the single “Emmaretta” on this day in 1969. According to Simon Robinson from the liner notes to The Book of Taliesyn, it was recorded in four takes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdrmJ-PE-50 The song was named for Emmaretta Marks, a singer known for her role in Hair. She also reportedly helped her friend Jimi Hendrix with … Continue reading On This Day (January 7)…A Letter for Emmaretta