Welcome to the new series covering the career of the great David Coverdale. We will start off with Deep Purple and then cover his solo work, his work with Jimmy Page and of course, Whitesnake. We have a long journey ahead as we have around 33 albums that we will cover. Sit back and I hope you enjoy the ride…Let’s get started!
Deep Purple – ‘Burn’ (1974):
In 1973, Deep Purple went through yet another line-up change. This one saw the band lose the lead singer, Ian Gillan, and bass player, Roger Glover. And for this time around, Ritchie Blackmore wanted to take the band in a new direction and it was the start of Mark III.
First up he brought in bass player Glenn Hughes and damn the man can sing as well so not a bad pick. Glenn had come from the band Trapeze where he had made a name for himself. But Ritchie wasn’t done.
Ritchie found a pretty unknown singer whose voice he really loved as it had a blues tone to it that spoke to him. That gentleman was none other than David Coverdale. We would all grow to love him from Whitesnake, but every story has a beginning and this is his. With the powerful vocals of Hughes and Coverdale, Deep Purple were set up to do great things. Not only those two great singers, Ritchie still had the amazing Jon Lord on keyboards and Ian Paice on Drums. It is a pretty impressive line-up!