British rock band formed in February 1968 in Hartford, England, and considered one of the most notable and influential hard rock bands of the 1970s. Music critics consider Deep Purple one of the founders of hard rock and highly appreciate their contribution to the development of progressive rock and heavy metal. Musicians of the " classic " deep Purple line-up (in particular, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian pace) are considered instrumentalists-virtuosos. More than 100 million copies of their albums have been sold worldwide.
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