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Chopin and Verdi to boogie-woogie

Ian Gillan, Moscow, Oct 28, 2012; photo Serge Adamovich http://koncert-photo.livejournal.com/1780222.html

Classic Rock has an illustrated piece about 8 songs that changed Ian Gillan’s life:

Music has been an ever-present constant in Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan’s life for as long as he can remember.

“My grandad was a bass baritone and sang opera, my uncle was a jazz pianist and my grandmother was a ballet tutor, so the house was always full of music, Chopin and Verdi to boogie-woogie,” he recalls. “I was a boy soprano in the church choir, so I always knew I could sing.”

And then Gillan got bitten hard by the rock’n’roll bug. In his first band, Garth Rockett and the Moonshiners, the youngster played drums in addition to singing, but he moved to centre-stage with his next group, The Javelins. Rather remarkably, to the delight of his old pals, the singer resurrected the quintet in 2018, more than fifty years after they disbanded, revisiting their 1963 set-list over five days in a Hamburg recording studio, to produce Ian Gillan And The Javelins.

“It worked out brilliantly,” Gillan enthuses. “It was like stepping into a time machine. The hairs on my arms were rising, because it was like I was 18 again.”

Here then, are eight of the songs that set one of rock’s greatest frontmen on the path to glory.

Continue reading in Classic Rock.

Thanks to Gary Poronovich for the info.

3 Comments to “Chopin and Verdi to boogie-woogie”:

  1. 1
    Eitablepanties says:

    He lives Elvis Presley music

  2. 2
    Peter J says:

    I love the way that Ian is still loyal to his roots and (very) old band mates. His last Javelins album is great, he sings these songs brillantly.

  3. 3
    lavaud says:

    quoi qu’il dise maintenant sa voix n’est plus que du passé: la vieillesse l’a rattrapée….

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