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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! - 69.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.7%
No opinion. - 1.3%
No way! - 9%
Last modified on Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:26
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+8 #11 Portia 2013-09-16 00:08
Deep Purple definitely belongs in the Hall. It's a travesty that they've been left out so far.
+7 #12 Carl Hardy 2014-06-30 12:18
Once again it is shameful that Deep Purple has been snubbed by the so called Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Shame). They were ahead of their time and had one of the most dynamic sounds. But like the Moody Blues (who also need to be in) Rolling Stone magazine who controls the hall never liked them. If you are snubbed by RS you are out. This should not be. No organization should have control of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The people should control it. After all, who buys the music and pays the bills?
+3 #13 JohnEP 2014-07-20 22:19
Johnny Winters' passing brought into sharp relief what a sham the RNRHOF is. Laura Nyro was inducted, but Johnny and Deep Purple aren't? Nyro was a lovely singer and wrote some nice songs. But she's about as Rock and Roll as Joan Baez or John Denver. And my biggest personal gripe is that Ronnie James Dio has not been inducted, but Run DMC has? What a disgrace.

If that dump catches fire and falls into a swamp, that would be a GOOD thing.
+2 #14 Jim D 2014-10-09 12:39
So I know music is subjective so I won't go into where someone should be on your list.

However, I do think you need to research your exclusion of TOOL on your list all together.

Again, the placement of folks on the list is subjective, but having Warrant, Gin Blossoms, Poison and Loverboy on a list that excludes TOOL strikes me as a gross ommission.
+2 #15 Committee Chairman 2014-10-10 16:19
Tool isn't eligible until 2017. Once eligible, expect them to get love here.
-2 #16 Jim D 2014-10-10 16:24
Hmm. I thought it was 20 years after first album release? Undertow was released in 93, right?
0 #17 Committee Chairman 2014-10-10 22:47
It was, but the Hall currently has a 25 year wait limit. They talked about changing it to 20, but that has not happened yet.
0 #18 Joe F 2014-12-16 11:54
who are the 27.7% of people that say Deep Purple shouldn't be in or who think others deserve it before them?? (Especially now!!!) please enlighten me, I'm in the dark on that number.
+1 #19 CSRJM1 2015-03-02 19:28
Deep Purple definitely belongs. They are looooonnnng overdue.
0 #20 Tom C 2015-03-29 09:59
I love Deep Purple, BUT (hate to make this comparison), when Fleetwood Mac was inducted, they didn't include Bob Welch who was the main writer and singer for the band for 5 albums, calling him "transitional," what a slap. So which Deep Purple? Rod Evans, the original singer - Hush, Lalaina, Kentucky Woman? David Coverdale? Glen Hughes? Steve Morse? Tommy Bolin? Or only the Mark II band of Gillian, Glover, Blackmore, Paice, Lord? All of them, although the Mark II band sued Rod Evans on the original band? They fired Blackmore, Burn was hugely successful, but Coverdale was only on 3 albums? So, which band should be inducted? I love them all, but which one is Deep Purple?

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