Indeed, Gillan took his first steps on the path to fame when he became a member of the band Episode Six in 1965. And the group certainly learned from big names; they even toured with Dusty Springfield. The act did not, however, enjoy much commercial success. Then, in 1969, Gillan and his Episode Six bandmate Roger Glover jumped ship to join Deep Purple as vocalist and bassist, respectively.
Deep Purple had actually been formed two years previously, and the group was at one point going to be called Roundabout. And who knows what destiny would have been in store for that iteration of the band? But, as it was, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore mooted the name Deep Purple – reportedly all because it was the title of an old track favored by his grandmother.
But whether down to the name change, the band’s new recruits, or both, the 1970s were a breakout decade for Deep Purple. So, in hindsight, Gillan and Glover’s move was rather fortuitous and the reason that many people know them today. Indeed, the pair are now household names among rock fans.