Deep Purple - Romance is in the air

A word in the Guinness Book of World Records, listing them as the loudest band in the world, must have been a climax in the careers of these fanatical rockers from English Hertford. So it seems odd that the group took their band name from a velvet soft song by Nino Tempo and April Stevens from 1963, the song was also called Deep Purple.

But perhaps that is not so strange after all: band member Ritchie Blackmore's grandmother (some say it was his mother) was crazy about the sweet-voiced sound of Tempo and Stevens.

Deep Purple band name origins - Misty Rhine riverA few sceptics suspect the band name refers to hard drugs, specifically cocaine: when heated it produces purple smoke.

Active: 1968-1976; 1984-present, GBR

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