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1. Deep Purple

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When the idea for this website was in its infancy, the first thing we did was figure who out all the eligible artists who are not in the Hall.  Many elicited a surprised reaction that they were not enshrined, but Deep Purple received the biggest “they aren’t in yet?” reaction from us. As we discussed the idea of this site with others, Deep Purple’s omission continued to get the most surprised reaction. Considering that budding musicians still cut their teeth to “Smoke on the Water” it is easy to understand why people feel that way about Deep Purple. Probably more than any other band on this list, they just “feel” like they belong in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The discussion of legendary Heavy Metal/Hard Rock acts often begins with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. However, it really isn’t a stretch to include Deep Purple on that level. Like Sabbath & Zeppelin (who are currently inducted), Deep Purple had the hit records, the signature songs, an excellent reputation as a great live act, and they meet the influence category. Already eligible for fifteen years the only real knock against them is the multiple lineup changes they have had but with a resume like theirs, and with their perceived peers in; their legions of fans hope that they won’t have to wait another fifteen years. We can’t imagine they will.

The Bullet Points:
Previous Rank:
2010: #4
2011: #3
2012: #2
2013: #2
2014: #1

Eligible Since:

Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (Hertford, England)

Why They Will Get In:
We can’t imagine that this band could possibly be ignored forever.

Why They Won’t Get In:
The multiple lineup changes could be befuddling voters who may be uncertain which members to induct.
Nominated In:

Essential Albums:
Shades of Deep Purple (1968)
Deep Purple in Rock (1970)
Machine Head (1972)
Made in Japan (1972)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Hush (From Shades of Deep Purple, 1968)
Child in Time (From Deep Purple in Rock (1970)
Highway Star (From Machine Head, 1972)
Lazy (From Machine Head, 1972)
Perfect Strangers (From Perfect Strangers, 1984)

Should Deep Purple be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 69.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.6%
No opinion. - 1.3%
No way! - 8.9%
Last modified on Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:26
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+1 #21 Winston O'Boogey 2015-04-01 00:15
This group is at the forefront of an entire genre of music that is common place today. Bands that followed them into that genre are in the Hall today. An absolute no-brainer and I'm not even a core fan of this group and still recognize their impact and influence.
I have seen them recently as well......and holy crap!
Gross over site by the Hall.
0 #22 Kalle Kula 2015-04-01 03:26
WHY should Hall of Fame be anything to aspire to?
With bands such as Deep Purple not included, and with some that are, of course it's just a load of crap.
+1 #23 Andy Lapointe 2015-04-02 20:06
I, as well as many friends of mine would love to visit the hall of fame but without the band who inspired and guided many bands already inducted in there, it just wouldn't be right. So sorry for Deep Purple not being in there. All of them from, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, David Coverdale should be there. Tributes to John & Tommy would take it over the top.
To my gods & pioneers of rock Deep Purple. Thank you for my biggest inspiration in music
Andy Lapointe
Bassist & Singer
0 #24 John Smith 2015-04-19 12:14
An absolute outrage as they are the most under-rated old school British rock band ever. No drug, booze or woman antics as lead guitarist Richie Blackmore kept them busy with studio sessions and good old fashioned British soccer practice.

Smoke on the Water - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_on_the_Water - Similar
0 #25 John Smith 2015-04-21 11:54
They are to British rock what Bob Seger is to American rock and roll. No wrecked hotel rooms, ridiculous theatrics, ignorant political posturing just truly great learned and talented musicians making great music.

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