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Ian Gillan, one of the greatest rock singers of all times renown as a member of Deep Purple, though he also led bands named after himself.
Gillan was the driving force of classic Deep Purple MkII that in the 70s changed rock fashions through a series of successful records — Concerto for Group and
Orchestra (1970), Deep Purple in Rock (1970), Fireball (1971; number one U.K.), Machine Head (1972; number one U.K.; Top Ten, multi-platinum U.S.), Made
in Japan (1973; Top Ten, platinum U.S.), and Who Do We Think We Are (1973; Top Five U.K.; Top 20, gold U.S.). In the meantime, he was also featured on
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‘s concept album Jesus Christ Superstar singing the title role; the gold-selling double LP topped the U.S. charts in 1971.
As a solo artist, Ian Gillan enjoyed a lot of success too, in 1980, seven years after leaving Deep Purple (the band split in 1975, two years after Gillan’s departure) Gillan signed to Virgin Records and scored a British singles chart entry with „Sleeping on the Job“ in June 1980, followed by “Glory Road”, which peaked in the Top Five and charted briefly in the U.S. Thus established, Gillan scored a series of Top 40 singles and Top 20 albums in the U.K. over the next two years:
„Trouble“ (1980); „Mutually Assured Destruction“ (1981);“New Orleans“ (1981); “Future Shock” (1981), „No Laughing in Heaven“ (1981); „Nightmare“ (1981);
“Double Trouble” (1981) and “Magic” (1982).
In May 1983, he surprised fans by joining Black Sabbath for the recording of their album Born Again and toured with the band from August to March 1984. In
March 1984, the 1969-1973 lineup of Deep Purple, including Gillan reunited and soon after they cut the million-selling „Perfect Strangers“ and „The House of
Blue Light“ (1987). Since then Ian Gillan divided his energy between Deep Purple, the hard rock legend (signed to edel records since the release of „Rapture of the Deep“) and his solo production. His latest official release is the critically acclaimed „Live in Anaheim“ on CD and DVD by edel records.