Years: 1965 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
David Coverdale - Electric piano, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Lead vocals, Percussion, Piano (in band: 1965 - present)
Micky Moody - Backing vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Roger Glover - ARP 2600, Bass Guitar, Clavinet, Cowbell, Melodica, Percussion, Synthesizer, Vocals
Tim Hinckley - Backing vocals, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion
Ron Aspery - Alto saxophone, Baritone saxophone, Flute, Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Tenor saxophone
Simon Phillips - Drums, Percussion
De Lisle Harper - Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Alan Spenner - Bass Guitar
Tony Newman - Drums, Percussion
David Coverdale was born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England. After spending the early 1970s with the band Deep Purple, Coverdale split from the band and released two solo albums, "White Snake" and "Northwinds". In the late 1970s, Coverdale founded the rock band Whitesnake, which became incredibly famous soon after. The band scored a No. 1 hit in the late 1980s, with "Here I Go Again."
Born into a family of avid music fans, he first found interest in the guitar, soon switching over to vocals. Around 14 years old, he began performing professionally and developing his famous voice.
In 1968, Coverdale was approached by local cover band The Skyliners, to join them as a vocalist. They played all over the area, from cabaret night clubs to local colleges, and opened for big names like Elkie Brooks and The Paper Dolls. Soon changing their name to The Government, the group enjoyed brief success but ultimately decided not to go professional. Soon Coverdale found a new gig with local group, The Fabulosa Brothers.
In 1972, Coverdale got his big break when he saw an ad in British music magazine, Melody Maker, looking for singers for the group Deep Purple. The band, which had been together since 1968, was auditioning for a new vocalist to replace former band member Ian Gillan. Coverdale was familiar with Deep Purple from his days with The Government, and decided to try out for the part. After sending in a tape of The Fabulosa Brothers, he was invited for an audition. The band was impressed with his voice and songwriting abilities, and he was soon welcomed as the new lead vocalist. On December 8, 1973, Coverdale fronted Deep Purple for the first time in Sweden.
Within his first year with the group, Coverdale had toured all over America, with shows at Madison Square Garden, the Nassau Coliseum and, most notably, the famous California Jam festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway. The telecasted show, which included famous groups like the Eagles and Earth, Wind & Fire, attracted more than 250,000 fans, exposing the band to a widespread audience.
In February of 1974, Deep Purple released its eighth studio album, "Burn", the first with the new Coverdale line-up. The album proved to be a hit certifying Gold in the United States, and still ranks among the band's best efforts. The tracks, in which new recruits Coverdale and bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes performed lead vocals, had a new, soulful sound. The closing track, "Mistreated," included a command solo performance from Coverdale. The passionate, bluesy song would remain his personal in-concert trademark, long after his days with Deep Purple.
In December 1974, the group released their next album, "Stormbringer", which also ranked Gold in both the United States and United Kingdom. The funk and soul influence of Coverdale was even more prominent in this album. This ultimately led to the exit of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, whose own personal musical interests varied from their new sound. After his departure, Coverdale persuaded the group to continue with new guitarist Tommy Bolin, with whom they released one more album, "Come Taste the Band" (1975). The album proved less successful than previous records, leading to the band’s demise the following year.
Discouraged, but ready to move on with his career, Coverdale began work as a solo artist. Despite the era's growing punk movement, he stuck true to his bluesy, rock and roll roots. In February of 1977, he released his first album titled "Whitesnake", with all songs written by both himself and guitarist Micky Moody. In 1978, he released his second solo album, "Northwinds", with an even better reception than the previous. Both albums reflected Coverdale's growing confidence in a future career outside of Deep Purple.
Before his second album was even released, Coverdale had begun to form his new band, Whitesnake. Originally a touring band for Coverdale's first solo album, "White Snake" became a full-time rock group consisting of Coverdale, guitarists Bernie Marsden and Mick Moody, drummer David "Duck" Dowle, and keyboardist Brian Johnston. Their first official release, "Snakebite" (1978), proved to be a hit in the United Kingdom. Their debut album, "Trouble"(1978), was released in the fall of that year, peaking at No. 50 on the U.K. album charts.
In the early spring of 1991, a collaboration was set up with guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame. Both parties have said that the collaboration revitalised them on many levels. This collaboration resulted in the "Coverdale-Page" album released in March 1993. The album was a hit all over the world reaching number 4 in the UK and number 5 in the US, which was certified Platinum in the US on 7 April 1995, but the US tour for the album had to be cancelled due to slow ticket sales and after only a limited Japanese tour, Coverdale and Page parted ways.
In December 2002, Coverdale re-reformed Whitesnake for an American and European tour, with Tommy Aldridge on drums, Marco Mendoza (bass), Doug Aldrich (guitar), Reb Beach (guitar) and keyboardist Timothy Drury.
In early February 2010, David Coverdale had announced that his voice had seemed to have fully recovered from the trauma that sidelined him and the band on the Priest tour. He stated he had been recording new demos, aiming for a new Whitesnake album, and that on tape his voice was sounding full and strong. Whitesnake studio album "Forevermore" was released on 25 March 2011.
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