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Deep Purple: The story began in the United Kingdom in 1968 when drummer Chris Curtis of The Searchers contacted keyboardist Jon Lord (then of The Flowerpot Men) about forming a band he planned to call Roundabout, because he envisaged a circular stage which musicians would jump on and off.
This idea was deservedly ditched, Ritchie Blackmore (ex Lord Sutch's Savages) recruited, and they shared a house where a card was pinned up for anonymous name suggestions.
One entry said "Deep Purple", which sounded intriguing. In time it had the same colour references as Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd and, later, purple fanatic Prince. It wasn't - as has been suggested - chosen to contrast with Vanilla Fudge.
Nobody admitted the choice, until they discovered Deep Purple was a light song by Bing Crosby, made into a hit in 1962 by Nina Tempo and April Stevens. Few fans knew their favourite band was named after a slightly embarrassing song which would be out of place in any rock record collection. Blackmore later said the Hoagy Carmichael version was a favourite of his granny's.
The Purps made some lighter music, such as the ballad Hush, though the name became better as they got heavier. Spinoffs: Gillan (from leader Ian Gillan), Rainbow, Whitesnake. Inspired: Stormbringer, Machine Head.
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