Introduction Deep Purple is an English rock band formed in 1968. They are considered to be the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal music, and have influenced a wide range of musicians and styles. The classic lineup that first appeared on the band's debut album consisted of singer Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice. History Deep Purple released their debut album in 1968. The album was met with critical acclaim and spawned the classic hit single 'Hush'. The band went on to release several more albums in the early 70s, such as 'In Rock' and 'Machine Head'. During this time they developed their signature sound which blended hard rock with classical and jazz elements. In 1975, the band underwent a lineup change which saw David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes replacing Evans and Simper. This lineup released the albums 'Stormbringer' and 'Burn' before disbanding in 1976. Reformation The band reformed in 1984 with Ian Gillan on vocals, Blackmore on guitar, Lord on keyboards, Paice on drums, and Roger Glover on bass. This lineup released the albums 'Perfect Strangers' and 'The House of Blue Light', both of which were successful. In 1989, Blackmore left the band and was replaced by Joe Satriani. The band released two more albums before disbanding again in 1993. Recent Activity Since then the band has reformed several times with various lineups. They have released several more albums over the past few decades including 'Purpendicular', 'Bananas', and 'Now What?!'. Deep Purple have toured extensively throughout the world and are still performing today. Legacy Deep Purple's music has had an immense impact on hard rock and heavy metal music. They have been cited as an influence by numerous bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, Led Zeppelin, and Black Sabbath. They are also credited with helping to develop the subgenre of progressive rock. Deep Purple were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.