British rock musician and vocalist, best known as a member of Deep Purple, Ian Gillan, was born on August 19, 1945. He is considered one of the masters of chest vocals in rock music, as well as the performer of the party of Jesus in the original version of the rock opera “Jesus Christ - superstar” Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice.
Today we decided to illustrate the life of a famous musician and display the main milestones of his creative path.
Grandpa Ian Gillan was an opera singer, his mother played the piano. From early childhood, Gillan liked to remember a warm, cozy room, where the whole family gathered in the evenings, and her mother played the piano.
Little Ian Gillan
During his school years, Ian, like many of his peers, became interested in Elvis Presley's rock and roll. At 16, Ian had a dream to become a movie star, but she was not destined to come true - the love of rock and roll turned out to be stronger.
Ian Gillan in his youth
While still in school, he and his friends loved to make improvised rock and roll concerts. The first group in which Gillan started playing was called Moonshiners. It was created on a voluntary basis - everyone was dragging everything that could be useful from home.
Ian recalls: “When I sang, there was no one to drum, and when I played, there was no one to sing.” And from October 1962 to March 1964, he played in the Jabelin group, at the same time working as a repairman for freezing machines. Further, until 1965, Gillan was in the group Wainwright's Gentlemen.
Wainwright's Gentlemenin which The Sweet guys played and sang Ian Gillan
From May 1965 to 1969, Gillan performed with the group Episode Six, which released several singles in Britain and on the first of them, party “B” represented Roger Glover as the author of music and words with the song “That's All I Want”.
Episode Six, Ian Gillan - in the center
The group worked a lot in Germany and 2 months performed in far Beirut. There they gave concerts in an impressive cabaret hall for several thousand people, and all the money they earned was used to purchase equipment.
«Our mistake was too much versatility. We could play in the evening in a nightclub, and the next day act in a working cafe. We had no specific musical beliefs, our own line. Our repertoire mainly consisted of classical things and blues in imitation of The Beach Boys. Everything depended on demand. We played what we were asked“- recalls Gillan.
The group began to experience financial difficulties, and at this time Blackmore was seriously looking for a new vocalist for Deep Purple. One of those to whom Ritchie turned was his old comrade Mick Underwood. He proposed the candidacy of his colleague - Ian Gillan. So Gillan joined Deep Purple in the summer of 1969, bringing bassist Roger Glover from Episode Six.
Ian Gillan. Hannover, 1970
It is this group that is considered to be “classic”, the so-called Deep Purple Mark II. Later, Gillan recalled that when meeting with Deep Purple he was struck first of all by the intelligence of John Lord, from whom he had expected much worse. Glover, on the contrary, was frightened by the gloominess of the participants in the new group, who "... wore black and looked very mysterious."
Group Deep Purple. Gillan right bottom
The first recording of Gillan in the new group was the album Concerto for Group and Orchestra, composed by John Lord, recorded at a concert in the Royal Albert Hall on September 24, 1969. After that, the "classic" albums went: In Rock (1970), Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972).
Gillan's latest album, recorded as part of Deep Purple in the 70s, was the 1973 album Who Do We Think We Are. Since 1972, the relationship between Gillan and Blackmore began to deteriorate so much that during the tour Gillan traveled separately from the rest.
In the fall of 1972, Gillan wrote a letter of resignation from the group, but the managers persuaded him to finish recording the already begun Who Do We Think We Are. This album so disappointed the critics and the musicians themselves, that the relationship between them finally deteriorated, as a result of which Glover leaves the band, followed by Gillan.
After his first departure from Deep Purple, Gillan walked away from the music for a while, taking up the motorcycle business. He returned to the scene three years later with the Ian Gillan Band. This group released 3 studio albums, but the band's music had a distinct jazz-rock sound, which turned out to be unpopular, so Gillan returned to hard-rock sound, reorganizing the group: recruited new musicians and changing its name to a modest Gillan.
Ian gillan band
Most of the new material was written in collaboration with keyboard player Colin Towns, and the album Mr. Universe "new" group hit the British charts, reaching 11th place in 1979. In 1982, Ian Gillan announced the dissolution of the group due to the fact that he had problems with his voice, and he had to restore his vocal condition. After his return to music a year later, one can see that his vocals have changed quite a bit, he began to sing more “in the nose”.
Ian Gillan with Lenin
In the early 80s, Deep Purple had already begun to forget, when suddenly (after meeting participants held in connecticut) The band gathered in the classic line-up (Blackmore, Gillan, Lord, Pace, Glover) and released Perfect Strangers, followed by a successful world tour that began in Australia.
But after the release of The House of Blue Light (1987), it became clear that the union would not last long. By the time the Nobody’s Perfect live album was released in the summer of 1988, Gillan announced his retirement (was actually fired).
Strongman Ian Gillan
Even Glover, who usually supported Gillan, called for the expulsion: "Gillan is a very strong personality and does not stand up when things are not going the way he wants. He could work with me, because he was willing to compromise, but with the rest of Deep Purple, but mostly with Richie, he always worked hard. It was a conflict of strong personalities, and it had to be stopped. We decided that Ian should leave. And it’s not true that Richie ousted Gillan, because this painful decision was made by everyone, guided only by one thing - the interests of the group.».
Portrait of gillan
Joe Lynn Turner, former colleague of Ritchie Blackmore, taken to Gillan's place, recorded a 1990 album with the band Slaves and Masters with the band, but neither the public, nor the band members, nor its management were satisfied with Turner and his pop-vocal, after which the record company demanded Gillan's return to the group.
And even Blackmore, despite his personal dislike of Gillan, agreed with this: “Ian is deeply unpleasant for me with my antics and bad behavior. Therefore, on a personal level, we do not communicate with him. I know, with me is also very difficult, but Ian is a real psycho. On the other hand, he is the greatest vocalist in hard rock. On stage, he is what he should be. He carries a fresh stream of modern rock. On stage, we perfectly complement each other, I can be myself, and not copy, for example, Stevie Vai. But when we are out of the scene, we are far from each other. It always has been. Joe has always been my friend. He is a good singer, but we need Ian. He is a completely different type of man, Mr. Rock and Roll. When Joe appeared on the scene, I immediately caught myself thinking that Deep Purple was turning into a Foreigner. What for? He began to copy David Lee Roth and completely lost as an individual. I tried to convince him, but this is a dead number».
In the summer of 1993, Ian Gillan recorded with The Deep Purple a new album, The Battle Rages On, and his recreated “creative union” with Blackmore is again short-term: in November 1993, during the world tour, Blackmore leaves the group.
So Ian Gillan looks today
Since then, Gillan remains in the composition of Deep Purple, while often performing separately from the group both with his solo program and in the projects of other musicians.