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And that’s how they started Deep Purple

Ritchie Blackmore, House of Blues Chicago, Oct 17 2009; photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Guitar.com has more Blackmore quotes from his Sirius XM broadcast in April. On the nascient band that Chris Curtis was trying to form in early 1968:

I was living in Hamburg and I got a telegram from Chris Curtis saying ‘Come on over, I need you. We’re making a band’. headed over to England. I met Chris, who was obviously on some sort of medication and he said, ‘Right. Are you ready?’ and I went ‘Well… who’s in the band?

He went ‘we have Jon Lord [on keys]’ […] and I went, ‘Well who’s on bass?’ and he went ‘Well, I am,’ so I said ‘Okay, who’s on drums?’ and Chris went ‘I am,’ and I said ‘oh, well that’s great’. [Curtis then] goes ‘I’m also playing first guitar… you’re playing second guitar’ and I went ‘okay, so I’m playing second guitar to you? Very good’ […] that’s how we started Deep Purple.

[I remember that Lord and myself] met the managers involved and they thought [Curtis] was a little bit crazy. [When we both] got together, I said to Jon Lord ‘Jon, this Chris Curtis… he’s a bit of a strange guy, right?” and he said ‘Yes’. […From then], Jon was probably my best friend in the band.

When [Jon] did pass away, it did affect me more than I thought it would, so I wrote the tune Carry On… Jon. It was very difficult to actually play that particular tune on stage without becoming emotional. This is for Jon.

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2 Comments to “And that’s how they started Deep Purple”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Gentle words from Ritchie. They’ll draw a smile on Jon’s face.

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    Leslie S Hedger says:

    Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord were a great team!! As far as I am concerned they are in the same league as Lennon/McCartney and Jagger/Richards. They made DP THE Greatest live band of all time IMHO!

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