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Deep Purple

What do you know about Deep Purple
Enjoy this Alan's FUN Music Trivia Quiz
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

1) After a brief tour of Denmark in the spring of 1968, Richie Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, which was his grandmother's favorite song.  The group had resolved to choose a name after everyone had posted one on a board in rehearsal, and second to Deep Purple was "Concrete God" which the band thought was too harsh to take on.Deep Purple (2004)

  • True or False?

2) In October 1968, the group had success with a cover song which reached #4 on the US Billboard chart and #2 on the Canadian RPM charts. The song was taken from their debut album Shades of Deep Purple, which was released in July 1968, and they were booked to support Cream on their Goodbye tour.
What was the song?

  1. John Denver’s “Country Roads”
  2. Joe South's "Hush"
  3. Carole Kings “Brave Tiger”

3) The band's second album, (including a cover of Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman"), was released in the United States, on December 11, 1968, to coincide with their tour, reaching #38 on the billboard chart and #21 on the RPM charts, although it would not be released in their home country until the following year.
What was the second album’s title?

  1. The Book of King Arthur
  2. The Book of Moses
  3. The Book of Taliesyn

4) In 1969, they release of their third album, which contained strings and woodwind on one track ("April").
What was the title of their third album?

  1. Deep Purple
  2. Taste of Honey
  3. Vanilla Fudge

5) Who was NOT fired from Deep Purple in 1969?

  1. Rod Evans – lead vocals
  2. Jon Lord – keyboards, organ, backing vocals
  3. Nick Simper – bass, backing vocals (1968–1969)

6) In 1969, who did the lead vocals, harmonica, and congas?

  1. Chris Curtis
  2. Tony Edwards
  3. Ian Gillan

7) The band gained some much-needed publicity with the Concerto for Group and Orchestra, a three-movement epic composed by Lord as a solo project and performed by the band at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold.

  • True or False?

8) In December 1971, the band traveled to Switzerland to record Machine Head.  The album was due to be recorded at a casino in Montreux, Switzerland using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
What album were they recording?

  1. Alabama
  2. Machine Head
  3. Montreux

9) But a fire during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention gig burned down the casino. The album was actually recorded at the nearby empty hotel. This incident famously inspired the song "Smoke on the Water".
What was the name of the empty hotel?

  1. Doubletree Hotel
  2. Grand Hotel
  3. Market Garden Hotel

10) The classic Deep Purple Mark II line-up continued to work and released the album Who Do We Think We Are (1973), featuring the hit single "Woman from Tokyo", but internal tensions and exhaustion were more noticeable than ever. In many ways, the band had become victims of their own success. Still riding the wave of Machine Head and Made in Japan, the addition of Who Do We Think We Are made them the top-selling artists of 1973 in the USA.
Who did NOT leave the band in 1973?

  1. David Coverdale
  2. Ian Gillan
  3. Roger Glover

11) When did Ritchie Blackmore leave Deep Purple to form Rainbow?

  1. June 21, 1975
  2. July 21, 1975
  3. August 21, 1975

12) The decision to disband Deep Purple had been made some time before the last show by Jon Lord and Ian Paice (the last remaining original members), who hadn't told anyone else.
When was the break-up finally made public?

  1. July 1976
  2. September 1976
  3. December 1976

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