When David Coverdale Shed Tears For Deep Purple


Best-known for being the lead singer and founder of the legendary hard rock band Whitesnake, David Coverdale has established himself as one of the most impressive rock vocalists with his stunning baritone voice and intense vocal delivery. He has utilized various singing techniques which took years to develop to present consistent and soulful performances to the audience.

The rocker was around fourteen-year-old when he first started performing professionally with some local bands. Beginning to sing at an early age allowed him to develop his voice and gain a lot of stage experience that would help him much in his following years in the music industry. Yet, performing with local bands started not to satisfy the singer after some point, and he felt the need that he should turn his career in a different direction, arriving at Deep Purple.

David Coverdale Joined Deep Purple In 1973


Looking for new opportunities to develop himself more as a rock vocalist, David Coverdale came across an audition advertisement for Deep Purple on Melody Maker. The band was searching for a new lead singer to replace Ian Gillan, who left the group due to his disturbance with the rising internal issues within the band. After sending a tape, Coverdale landed the audition and was welcomed into the group immediately as the new lead singer with his powerful voice.

The rocker’s first album with Deep Purple, ‘Burn,’ arrived in February 1974, followed by the band’s ninth studio album, ‘Stormbringer,’ released in December 1974. With the two albums featuring Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, there was a change in the group’s sound, which started to draw influences from soul and funk. Deep Purple’s guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was so displeased with the band’s direction that he left in June 1975. After his departure, the group went through tough times, leaving David Coverdale in tears once.

Why Did David Coverdale Cry For Deep Purple?


Following Ritchie Blackmore’s departure, Deep Purple members were uncertain whether to continue or disband the group. David Coverdale, who didn’t want a split, offered to include Tommy Bolin as the band’s new guitarist and continue their musical journey with this new lineup. After succeeding in the audition, Bolin became a member, and his only studio album with Purple, ‘Come Taste the Band,’ arrived in October 1975.

However, the album was less commercially successful than the group’s previous releases. They still went on tour hoping to receive a more positive reaction, which proved the opposite anyway. Although Tommy Bolin was a talented guitarist, his drug habits began to surface during the tour, leading him to be criticized by the fans due to his poor performances. It was through the end of the final show of the tour around March 1976 that David Coverdale shed tears as he got off the stage.

The rocker decided not to be a part of the band anymore since he was exhausted with all these internal problems and handed in his resignation. Yet, Jon Lord and Ian Paice had already agreed on disbandment. Deep Purple made the break-up public in July 1976. Following his tenure in the band, Coverdale embarked on a brief solo career before forming Whitesnake in 1978.