Throughout their career, Deep Purple have released over 100 million records worldwide. Their discography includes 10 albums that have sold over 10 million copies. These albums include Shades Of Deep Purple, Burn, Machine Head, Perfect Strangers, Stormbringer, and Abandon.
Deep Purple began their career in London in 1968. The band was originally formed by keyboardist Jon Lord and bassist Glenn Hughes. They were signed to the label Tetragrammaton, founded by comedian Bill Cosby. The label folded after the success of Deep Purple’s first album, and the band moved to Warner Bros. The band changed line-ups several times over the first eight years. In the early 70s, Deep Purple helped to introduce Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The band released 10 studio albums in the first eight years. Deep Purple is one of the few foreign groups to sell over 500,000 copies of singles. In 2002, founding member Jon Lord retired from the band. He was replaced by keyboardist Don Airey. The band continued to tour. They were on their The Long Goodbye tour, which began in Bucharest, Romania and ended in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Deep Purple’s second era saw the band release 12 studio albums. These albums include the band’s first two studio albums, Fireball and Burn. Fireball is the band’s fifth best-selling album. The album was also ranked number one in several countries in 1974. It featured then-unknown David Coverdale on vocals. The title track, “Smoke on the Water,” is one of the band’s most popular songs.