Parallels between Black Sabbath and Deep Purple

United States
December 6, 2006 1:12pm CST
Has anyone noticed that there are many parellels between Black Sabbath & Deep Purple? They both were popular throughout the 1970's & beyond that. They also faced personnel changes & even launched careers of new bands & artists. Well, not really new artists, but other bands were derived from both, Black Sabbath & Deep Purple. They even had various members & musicians going back & forth between the bands that were formed. As an example, Richie Blackmore, the guitarist for Deep Purple, formed Rainbow. In the first line-up was Ronnie James Dio. After that, Ronnie himself replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath (most memorable for me was "Voodoo" from the Mob Rules album. Then Ronnie started his solo career as Dio. I'm trying to see about getting a listing of all of the common factors of both bands in addition to the one I mentioned in my example.
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@funnysis (2619)
• United States
7 Dec 06
You are very correct and there are several more some times if you listen to the beat you find it hard to tell them apart,when you do the comparison I would be interested to find out as I think the drummer of deep puple done a song for another group low scale.
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• United States
7 Dec 06
A lot of other musicians have gone back & forth between the various bands, in addition to Ronnie James Dio being involved with members of both bands. Off-hand, I can't remember who they are.
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• United States
25 Dec 06
OH - I just remembered - another band that got derived from Deep Purple was Whitesnake. David Coverdale replaced Ian Gillan as the lead singer of Deep Purple, & he is (or was) the singer for Whitesnake. I think the most well-known songs were: "Slide It In" & "Is This Love" & my favorite "Here I Go Again"
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• United States
14 Mar 07
i had forgotten ritchie crossed into sabbath for awhile. i think carmine appice might have also filled in drumming occasionally in sabbath,dio and rainbow? that man pops up everywhere.
• United States
14 Mar 07
I don't think Richie did anything for Black Sabbath, but several musicians that worked with him did end up becoming part of Sabbath, such as Ronnie James Dio, & then Ian Gillan, as well as Vinnie Appice as you said.
@marlyse (1056)
• Switzerland
3 Mar 07
that is an interesting discussion krazy. i never thought of that, but you are absolutely right. and with the forth and back from the bandmembers, they gave new inputs to the bands. that might be the reason, why they had and have such success.
• United States
9 Mar 07
The similarities in the music of both bands really need to be looked for. However, many Deep Purple fans enjoy Black Sabbath, & many Black Sabbath fans enjoy Deep purple as well as - what I call - offspring bands & solo artists from the two bands. Those bands & artists are Rainbow, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, & I think Joe Lynn Turner also has a solo career going.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
9 Jan 10
I'll confuse things even further by adding whitesnake in to the mix, lol.
• United States
11 Jan 10
Let's come up with a nice list ... Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, & even Judas Priest were the beginner groups. However, the only interaction between Priest & any of the other two were possible performances together. The only time anything else happened was when Rob Halford filled in at one show, because Ronnie James Dio ended up with vocal problems. I haven't looked into it, but there is that possibility where personnel from Whitesnake may have been Ozzy's or Dio's band, or vice versa.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
11 Jan 10
I say whitesnake because their singer, Coverdale, was from deep purple. Now, lets go even further and toss def leapard in to the mix, as Vivian Campel, who was whitesnake's guitarist, now plays for Def Leapard....lol.
• United States
17 Jan 10
Vivian Campbell also played guitar for Dio.
12 Mar 10
I agree and it is an intersting subject. Ritchie has really, as well as Deep Purple in general have found some awesome singers. It should also be mentioned, Davdi Coverdale was discovered because he also toured with Deep Purple in the early 70's. Either way you look at it, Ritchie expecially, has had a big influence on both Dio and Cov, in terms of success. Although Sales wise, Cov was a late bloomer with WHitesnake untill the late 80's but, he has probably sold more records worldwide with Whtiesnake than say Dio and/or Rainbow...but Im not entirely sure...Either way, Dio and Cov are both epic singers, who really started out with probably the greatest guitarist ever....Only thing with Dio and Sabbath, it gave Dio a different platform to work from...work with an established band, crfeate good mausic, and really give his career the kick start it needed. After all, the stuff he has done with Sabbath was awesome. Shame him and David Coverdale havent come on stage together.
• United States
26 May 10
Oopsie - sorry for being late here. I don't remember much about the original Deep Purple, nor their personnel, but what is known as Mark II (Ian Gillan, Richie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord & Ian Paice), was when they started gaining popularity. Ian went on to do at least one album (Born Again) with Black Sabbath around 1988. At the same time, this Mark II line-up of Deep purple reunited. Richie Blackmore also probably turned one other guy (Cannot remember his name) who also sang on Michael Schenker's third MSG album, Assault Attack. Also, more people would probably be familiar with Joe Lynn Turner. After probably two albums, he went on to sing for Yngwie Malmsteen on his Odyssey album, & then like a previous responder said, had a brief stint as Deep Purple's singer as well. Richie Blackmore, himself, seems to have completely gotten out of the rock / metal scene, & is doing his own stuff with Blackmore's Night. I agree with you. If it wasn't for Blackmore, I doubt that any of those vocalists would have names for themselves.
@skyhss (1142)
• United States
4 Jan 10
excellent discussion...i'm sure there are more parallels than what you've mentioned.
• United States
16 Apr 07
Alot of Bands have Had Relationships. Black Sabbath was really close with Judas Priest Cause they both came from the same town. Actually Rob halford Has even sang for Black Sabbath. In 1992 ROnnie had a strep throut or something and Judas priest was opening. TOny Iommi asked Rob to take his place and he did for i think 3 shows.
• United States
17 Apr 07
Hearing Rob Halford singing for Black Sabbath would have been interesting. Being that Priest's music is usually louder & hard-hitting, Black Sabbath should have been first while everyone walked in with their hearing intact. However, because Black Sabbath was probably the feature band, it was the way it was.
• Canada
17 Jan 10
Did you know that Deep Purple's Jon Lord played on the Kink's You Really Got Me - the song that caused Ozzy Osborne to pick up the guitar? That song was the beginning of riff rock as Kirk Hammett of Metallica mentioned recently. That YRGM riff ranks up there with Smoke on the Water on the top 10 riffs of all time.