Deep Purple has led a successful career since their debut in 1968, they wrote many of the most powerful Hard Rock songs such as “Smoke on the water”, “Speed King”, “Black Night”, “Bloodsucker”…
The band is largely known all over the world for their unique ideas and style which makes them different than any other band. They came up with the world’s famous riff in “Smoke on the water”, which is known and played by almost everybody. The band’s still keeping its large popularity that has never died since they gained it in the very early 70’s.
But did Deep Purple really write all their great songs?
Let’s see some great Deep purple’ songs that were inspired from other songs..
#6. Black Night
Don't you agree that playing the incredible riff from Deep Purple's "Black Night" on guitar is absolutely rocking? One of the most well-known songs by the band, it reached at No. 2 on the UK charts at the time of its release. Many people mistakenly believe that the entire song revolves around the hard-rocking riff Blackmore performs on his Fender guitar. However, they are unaware that the riff is actually similar to Ricky Nelson's Summertime, a fantastic classic rock tune. It was released as a single in 1962. Eight years later, Deep Purple put out "Black Night," which went on to become a hit.
Summertime by Ricky Nelson
Black Night By Deep Purple
The band's 1972 "Machine Head" album, which is regarded as one of their best albums, included “Lazy”. The song begins instrumentally with a remarkable intro by Jon Lord, followed by the song's main riff. It is played numerously with a certain grace that makes it stand out. The riff is actually similar to Cream's 1966 song "Stepping Out" although it was originally written and recorded by Memphis Slim. However, we cannot dispute Blackmore's grandiose guitar playing in this song. It showcases his incredible abilities and phrasing delicacy. It remains one of Purple’s killer songs.
Stepping Out by Cream
Lazy by Deep Purple
The song "Burn" can be found on Deep Purple's eighth studio album, which has the same name and was released in 1974. The song was written during the David Coverdale era, and he even took part in its composition. However, since Gillan refused to sing songs from the Coverdale era during the band's 1984 reunion, which featured him on vocals, Burn was no longer performed by the group. Nevertheless, it is still regarded as one of Deep Purple's greatest songs. Over the years, other bands have covered Burn; even David Coverdale, who formed Whitesnake after leaving Deep Purple, recorded a cover of the song. The song's riff was actually inspired from George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm," which was published in 1924 and performed by more than fifty artists throughout the years. The "Fascinating Rhythm" riff may be heard in Deep Purple's "Burn,".
Fascinating Rhythm by George Gershwin
Burn by Deep Purple
The band's fifth album, "Fireball," which was released in 1971, opens with the song of the same name. It is of the songs of the record that are most praised. Roger Glover played a bass solo while nor Blackmore or Lord did. If we listen to "Rock Star," a song by the band Warpig that was released in 1970, we will undoubtedly hear the rhythm and melody that Deep Purple appropriated for their song "Fireball." Well, of course, Deep Purple made it heavier.
Rock Star by Warpig
Fireball by Deep Purple
#2. Child in time
The 10-minute tune was included on the band's renowned "Deep Purple in Rock" album from 1970. This collection of the band's top seven songs is adored worldwide. The song itself received criticism for being based on the Beautiful Day song "Bombay Calling," which was released in the band's self-titled debut album a year before the release of Deep Purple's album "In Rock" and peaked at number #47 on Billboard's Top LPs American albums chart. If you've already read the song's lyrics, you've probably noticed that the song was about the Cold War, specifically the Vietnam War. It has a critical tone toward it. The strange and humorous aspect of this story is how, in exchange, Beautiful Day not only based one of their songs on a Deep Purple track but plagiarized a whole song from them, "Wring that Neck," and twisted it into "Don and Dewey." What a cruel response!
Bombay Calling by It's A Beautiful Day
Child in Time by Deep Purple
#1. Smoke on the Water
Here we go! The world’s famous riff! This Deep Purple riff is legendary and so memorable. But have you ever considered the possibility that the world's most well-known riff could be ripped? The riff is very similar to Astrud Gilberto’s “Maria Quiet”.“ The song was arranged by Gil Evans and sung by Astrud Gilberto, a Brazilian singer. She recorded the song in 1965 and it appeared on her album “Look to the Rainbow” that was released a year after. Instead of Blackmore roaring guitar sound, the riff is played smoothly on a piano but, still, the shades of it in Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water." is noticeable. Take a listen and judge for yourself!,
Maria Quiet by Astrud Gilberto
Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
Deep Purple admitted on many occasions their cases of plagiarism, but still they’ve never given credits.
Yet, (Unlike Rich The Kid and friends) Deep Purple remains legends!
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