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 almost known by everybody. The band’s still keeping its large popularity that has never died since they gained it in the very early 70’s.
But has Deep Purple really written all their great songs? I doubt it.
Let’s see some great Deep purple’ songs that were Stolen.
#6. Black Night
How it is rocking to play Deep Purple’s “Black Night” on guitar, especially the amazing riff, don’t you think the same way? The song peaked at No. 2 on UK charts at the time of its release, and it is one of the most famous songs of the band. A lot think that the whole song is all about the rocking riff Blackmore plays on his Fender guitar, but they haven’t realized that “Black Night” riff isn’t actually originally composed by Deep Purple, but it was stolen from Ricky Nelson’s Summertime, a great classic rock song, isn’t? It was released as a single in 1962 and Deep purple released “Black Night” eight years after it and it became a hit, the song was enjoyable enough to actually keep their fans in dark about the plagiarism. The famous and great Deep Purple’s Organist Jon Lord has admitted that the riff was stolen during an interview, and so did Blackmore later.
Summertime by Ricky Nelson
Black Night By Deep Purple
The song appeared in the band’s 1972 “Machine Head” album which considered one of their best albums. The song starts instrumental where Jon Lord plays a notable intro followed by the main riff of the song. We can hear Blackmore repeating the main riff over and over when listening to the song, which makes it memorable, and memorable enough to notice that the riff was taken from Cream’s 1966 song “Stepping Out”. The song wasn’t originally written by Cream but it was an instrumental song recorded by the Bluesman Memphis Slim, but at least Eric Clapton, the guitarist and singer of Cream credited the song in all his several records, either with Cream or not, and that wasn’t the case for Deep Purple. After all, it’s a killing song, we cannot deny the greatness of Blackmore’s guitar playing, he dominated the whole song soloing and showing his amazing skills. It’s insane how the song is played, either the studio version or the extended live versions were well performed by all the members of the band.
Stepping Out by Cream
Lazy by Deep Purple
“Burn” is a song from the eighth studio album of Deep Purple that was released in 1974 with the same name of the song. It is counted as a great song even if Deep Purple stopped playing it live, especially with the singer Ian Gillan who was replaced by David Coverdale for a while, and it’s on Coverdale era that the song was written, and he even participated in the composition of the song, and as Gillan refused to sing songs from Coverdale era, Burn was no longer played by the band since their 1984 reunion that featured Gillan on vocal. Burn was largely covered over the years by other bands, even David Coverdale did a cover version of the song with his own band, Whitesnake, which he formed after leaving Deep Purple. Actually, the riff of the song was stolen from the composer George Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm”, a song that was published in 1924 and was covered over the years by more than fifty artists. We can hear the same riff of “Fascinating Rhythm” played in Deep Purple’s “Burn”, but more heavy and loud with Blackmore’s hard guitar sound, while in the original song the riff is played with Piano.
Fascinating Rhythm by George Gershwin
Burn by Deep Purple
“Fireball” is the opening song of the band‘s fifth album released in 1971 and named after the song. The album took almost a year to be done. Containing seven tracks, “Fireball” is one of the most rated songs of the album. There was no guitar solo in the song, instead, Roger Glover played a bass solo. If we hear “Rock Star”, a song released in 1970 by the band Warpig, we will surely notice that Deep Purple stole the Rhythm and the melody from it for their song “Fireball”, and of course, Deep Purple make everything heavier and louder, so we hear the same rhythm and melody but harder and heavier.
Rock Star by Warpig
Fireball by Deep Purple
#2. Child in time
The 10 minutes length song appeared in the band’s 1970 legendary album “Deep Purple in Rock”. The whole world loves this album that consisted seven of the band’ best songs. If you have already checked the lyrics of the song you have probably noticed that the song was about the Cold War, precisely the Vietnam War, the song has a critical content toward it, but the song itself faced criticism for basing it on Beautiful Day's song “Bombay Calling”, this song was released in the band’s self-titled debut album a year before the release of Deep Purple’s album “In Rock”, and reached number #47 on Billboard's Top LPs American albums chart. But the weird and funny part in this story is that in return, Beautiful Day did not just based a song of them on a Deep Purple’s track, but they copied a whole damn song from them called “Wring that Neck”, and turned it into "Don and Dewey". What a hard pitiful revenge!
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 that almost everyone know. How many times have you played this riff? How many people you know that know this riff even if they don’t know Deep Purple? A lot of times and a lot of people! This Deep Purple riff is a legendary long-living damn thing that will remain memorable over millions years. But have you ever had the thought that the world’s famous riff could be stolen? The riff is taken from Astrud Gilberto’s “Maria Quiet”. Shocking Huh?! “Maria Quiet” 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. The riff in the original song is played with piano in a smoothie way, but that can’t forbid us to notice the similarity in Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”. Listen and think!
Maria Quiet by Astrud Gilberto
Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
Deep Purple admitted many times their plagiarism, but still they’ve never given credits.
Yet, (Unlike Rich The Kid and friends) Deep Purple are legends!