On This Day (April 2)…Deep Purple Dances in Evergreen

Deep Purple performed two shows on this day in 1969 at the Evergreen Ballroom in Olympia, Washington. Newspaper ad for the show. Retrieved from here. Deep Purple had begun their second leg of the Book of Taliesyn Tour the night prior to these gigs. By this time, they had a third album, their self-titled, on … Continue reading On This Day (April 2)…Deep Purple Dances in Evergreen

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 19)…Happy Birthday, Rod Evans!

The singer Rod Evans was born on this day in 1947. Retrieved from here. Evans was the first voice of Deep Purple, joining along with Maze bandmate Ian Paice. He brought his rich voice to the first three albums the group released, tinging them with the sound of the 60s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2vxVyosi18 His music career continued … Continue reading On This Day (January 19)…Happy Birthday, Rod Evans!

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

On This Day (January 3)…Deep Purple Comin’ Home

Deep Purple returned to the UK from their first US tour on this day in 1969. Deep Purple In Shadow. Clockwise from top left: Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Nick Simper, Rod Evans, and Ian Paice. Retrieved from here. This info comes according to Simon Robinson in the Deep Purple Remastered CD booklet. I’ve seen this … Continue reading On This Day (January 3)…Deep Purple Comin’ Home

On This Day (December 31)…Deep Purple Ring In the New Year

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1968 at the Electric Circus. As with the previous eight days, they performed two shows. Poster for the New Year’s Eve concerts. Retrieved from here. The band appeared with The Mighty Tornadoes and Sirocco to ring in the new year. Neither of the concerts are known to have … Continue reading On This Day (December 31)…Deep Purple Ring In the New Year

On This Day (December 29)…Deep Purple at the Electric Circus, Part 6

Deep Purple performed on this day at the Electric Circus in New York City. It was their sixth consecutive night at this location. Advertisement for the show. Retrieved from here. As with all previous nights at this location, Purple played two shows, one at 9 PM and one at 11 PM. The Electric Circus was … Continue reading On This Day (December 29)…Deep Purple at the Electric Circus, Part 6