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Murray Head - 54% match to Ian Gillan

Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 March 1946, London, England. Murray Head’s long career began in 1965 with a series of folk rock recordings for Columbia Records, including versions of ‘He Was A Friend Of Mine’ and ‘The Bells Of Rhymney’. Briefly signed to the Immediate Records label, for which he completed ‘She Was Perfection’, Head later found fame playing Judas in the Read more

Glenn Hughes - 39% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
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David Coverdale - 30% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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22 September 1951, Saltburn-By-The Sea, North Yorkshire, England. Coverdale found fame as the venerable singer with UK hard rock stalwarts Deep Purple and Whitesnake. His tenure with Deep Purple lasted from September 1973 until March 1976. Moving to Germany, he recorded a vocal track on a multi-artist project organised by Eddie Hardin, released by RCA Records as Wizard’ Read more

Yvonne Elliman - 29% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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29 December 1951, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Singer Elliman played in the high school band in Hawaii before relocating to London in 1969. She was singing at the Pheasantry folk club in the Kings Road, Chelsea, when the rising songwriters Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber chanced upon her. They offered her the part of Mary Magdalene in their new rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar a Read more

Deep Purple - 24% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Documentaries Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Deep Purple evolved in 1968 following sessions to form a band around former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis (Christopher Crummey, 26 August 1941, Oldham, Lancashire, England). Jon Lord (b. 9 June 1941, Leicester, Leicestershire, England; keyboards) and Nick Simper (b. 3 November 1945, Norwood Green, Southall, Middlesex, England; bass), veterans, respectively, of the Artwoods Read more

Elf - 19% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s
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This US heavy rock unit was formed in 1967 by vocalist Ronnie James Dio (Ronald Padavona, 10 July 1940, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA) with cousin Dave Feinstein on guitar, plus Gary Driscoll (drums), Doug Thaler (keyboards) and Nick Pantas (guitar). They worked under the name Electric Elves until 1970 when the entire band was involved in a car crash, in which Pantas died a Read more

Iommi - 18% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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Rainbow - 16% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In May 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (Richard Hugh Blackmore, 14 April 1945, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England) left Deep Purple, forming Rainbow the following year. His earlier involvement with American band Elf led to his recruitment of the latter’s Ronnie James Dio (b. Ronald Padavona, 10 July 1940, New Hampshire, USA; vocals), Mickey Lee Soule, (keyboards), C Read more

Uriah Heep - 15% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The critics have scoffed and generally poured derision on Uriah Heep over the years, but the band have sold millions of records and have had five US Top 40 albums. A technically brilliant heavy rock band, they deserve most credit for continuing despite over 40 personnel changes and two deaths along the way.The band was formed by David Byron (David Gar Read more

Alcatrazz - 14% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US band were heavy metal exponents in the Deep Purple tradition. Formed by ex-MSG and Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet (12 December 1947, Skegness, Lincolnshire, England) in 1983, the initial line-up featured virtuoso guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen (b. Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback, 30 June 1963, Stockholm, Sweden), former New England members Jimmy Waldo (keyboards) and Gary Read more

Tommy Bolin - 14% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Richard Bolin, 1 August 1951, Sioux City, Iowa, USA, d. 4 December 1976, Miami, Florida, USA. Tommy Bolin was a highly versatile progressive rock guitarist who branched into fusion with considerable success. Bolin became interested in music after seeing Elvis Presley in concert in 1956. He quickly learned to play Presley songs on guitar and won local amateur contests. Read more

Nazareth - 12% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1968 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, Nazareth evolved out of local attractions the Shadettes. Dan McCafferty (William McCafferty, 14 October 1946, Edinburgh, Scotland; vocals), Manny Charlton (b. 25 July 1941, La Linea, Spain; guitar), Pete Agnew (b. 14 September 1946, Dunfermline, Scotland; bass) and Darrell Sweet (b. 16 May 1947, Bournemouth, England, d. 30 April Read more

Whitesnake - 12% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This UK-based heavy rock band has been led throughout its career by David Coverdale (22 September 1951, Saltburn-By-The Sea, North Yorkshire, England). The lead vocalist with Deep Purple since 1973, Coverdale left that unit in 1976 and recorded two solo albums, Whitesnake and Northwinds. Shortly afterwards, he formed a touring band from musicians who had played on those reco Read more

Michael Schenker - 11% match to Ian Gillan

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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10 January 1955, Savstedt, Germany. Schenker began his musical career in 1971 at the age of 16, when, along with brother Rudolf, he formed the Scorpions. After contributing impressive guitar work on the band’s Lonesome Crow debut, he was offered the chance to replace Bernie Marsden in UFO. Schenker joined the group in June 1973 and their resultant musical direction swun Read more


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