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Deep Purple
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.

Should Deep Purple be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 70.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 1%
No way! - 8.2%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #4
    2011: #3
    2012: #2
    2013: #2
    2014: #1
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 1993
  • 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: 2013
  • 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)
  • Social Groups: Join the Deep Purple Fans Social Group to Discuss and Share!

Should Deep Purple be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 70.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 1%
No way! - 8.2%
Last modified on Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:30
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+2 #37 Demi2373 2015-12-26 17:09
If, by veteran's committee, you mean inductees of the RRHOFM, then you should educate yourself, as over half of the voting members are inductees who, shock of shocks, actually understand that there is a broad scope of rock and roll in the world.
+1 #36 Michael Tabor 2015-12-24 06:10
Now we can move on. Judas Priest will be the next Heavy Metal band inducted. But god known when that will be!
+2 #35 Committee Chairman 2015-12-20 00:56
Rick, They will be. By the end of January, we will have a completely revised list, reflecting those who have been inducted and the new artists who are eligible.
+2 #34 Rick M. 2015-12-20 00:06
This needs to be removed they will be inducted in 2016, finally.
+1 #33 Bill Glover 2015-11-13 09:50
The hall of shame needs a veterans committe like baseball has. Until they correct so many injustices the hall is the real Mistake by the Lake. Not only are deserving artists not in but some never got nominated. Just off the top of my head, ELO, Moody Blues, Chicago, Grand Funk and Yes should be in and how did Joan Jett get in before Pat Benetar, let alone other less deserving groups like Green Day?
+2 #32 Scott Matheson 2015-10-17 03:51
Purple NOT in the RR Hall of Fame?? Is this a joke? I grew up in the early 1970s and DP were huge and much beloved world wide.How many other deserving acts are being ignored because of some snotty critic who probably doesn't even play an instrument? I get it they're not Dylan they aren't The Beatles but they WERE one of the great rock acts of the 1970s.Waaaay overdue for inclusion.
+2 #31 MARK SCARDINO 2015-09-02 16:10
As a 67 yo, DP belong, and it would be sweet if they got in before anymore of them pass. Way pass time. C'mon R&R HoF!
+4 #30 George Ward 2015-08-21 15:33
If multiple members of Fleetwood Mac, Yardbirds and Eagles can be inducted there is no reason to exclude Deep Purple. Nuff Sed.
+1 #29 Bryan Hogg 2015-07-27 01:07
The Mark ll lineup should be inducted - Blackmore, Glover Gillan, Lord, Paice. They made the best music and produced the most hits.
+3 #28 Storm 2015-06-06 19:10
DP should go in the RRHOF in 2016

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