On This Day (July 10)…Welcome to the Stage, Mark II

Deep Purple performed on this day in 1969 at the Speakeasy Club in London. Mark II circa 1969. Retrieved from here. The Mark II lineup had been fairly busy in the month or so since Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore discovered Ian Gillan and Roger Glover. They had already recorded a song together. They’d even … Continue reading On This Day (July 10)…Welcome to the Stage, Mark II

On This Day (April 20)…Say Hello to Deep Purple—Err, Roundabout

The band Roundabout played their first live gig on this day in 1968 at Vestpoppen Parkskolen Club in Taastrup, Denmark. The group is better known today by the name they would adopt during this debut tour, Deep Purple. Photo of the group accompanying an announcement in the paper. From left to right: Ritchie Blackmore, Rod … Continue reading On This Day (April 20)…Say Hello to Deep Purple—Err, Roundabout