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Roger David Glover (born 30 November 1945) is a British bassist, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the bassist for hard rock bands Deep Purple
Deep Purple
and Rainbow.[1][2] Glover wrote the guitar riff on "Maybe I'm a Leo".[3][4] As a member of Deep Purple, Glover was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in April 2016.[5]

Contents

1 Early career 2 Deep Purple
Deep Purple
and solo 3 Notable collaborations and performances 4 Personal life 5 Gear 6 Painting and photography 7 Discography 8 References 9 External links

Early career[edit] Born near Brecon, Wales, Glover moved with his family to St Helens before settling in the South Kensington
South Kensington
area of London, at the age of ten. Around that time his interests started to shift towards rock music, and by the time he was thirteen Glover began playing guitar. He later moved to the North London district of Pinner, and while at Harrow County School for Boys
Harrow County School for Boys
he formed his first band, Madisons, with a group of friends; in time this merged with a rival band to become Episode Six, a band which later featured Glover's future Deep Purple bandmate, vocalist Ian Gillan. The two left Episode Six in 1969 to join Deep Purple. Deep Purple
Deep Purple
and solo[edit]

Deep Purple, Roger Glover
Roger Glover
1970

Glover spent four years (1969–1973) with Deep Purple, during which the band saw their most successful releases in the albums in Rock, Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are
Who Do We Think We Are
and the live album Made in Japan. He is credited with developing the title for the band's iconic "Smoke on the Water" song, thus inspiring the song's lyrics which were written by Ian Gillan. Glover says the title came to him when he awoke from a dream two days after the famous fire over Lake Geneva. While he liked the title, he was reluctant to have the band use it because he initially thought it sounded like a drug song.[6] Glover also developed the guitar riff to "Maybe I'm a Leo", stating, "I wrote the riff to 'Maybe I'm a Leo' after hearing John Lennon's 'How Do You Sleep?'."[3] Glover departed the band, along with Gillan, after Deep Purple's second tour of Japan
Japan
in the summer of 1973. Throughout the 1970s Glover produced albums by such acts as Judas Priest, Nazareth, Elf, Status Quo, the Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
Band and David Coverdale. In 1974 Glover released his first solo album, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast, which generated the single Love Is All. The single did little in the U.K., but became an unexpected number one-hit song in the Netherlands
Netherlands
and Belgium. The song came with an animated music video starring a guitar playing frog. [7] In 1978 Glover's second album followed: Elements. From 1979 to 1984 he was the bassist, lyricist and producer for Ritchie Blackmore’s band, Rainbow, working on four of the group's studio albums. In 1983 he recorded his third solo album, Mask, released the next year. When Deep Purple
Deep Purple
reformed in April 1984, Glover returned to his old band where he has remained for the last three decades.[8] In 1988 Glover, along with fellow Deep Purple
Deep Purple
member Ian Gillan, recorded the side-project album Accidentally on Purpose. Almost two decades later Glover played with Gillan during Gillan's brief solo tour in 2006. In 2002 Glover released his fourth post-DP album, entitled Snapshot, under the name Roger Glover
Roger Glover
and the Guilty Party. The album featured performances from Randall Bramblett
Randall Bramblett
(who shared co-writing credits on several tracks) as well as Glover's daughter, Gillian.

Roger Glover
Roger Glover
in concert at Big Flats, New York in 2002

In 2011 he released his second Guilty Party album, If Life Was Easy, which featured guest appearances by Nazareth's Dan McCafferty
Dan McCafferty
and Pete Agnew as well as Walther Gallay and Daniel "Sahaj" Ticotin. Notable collaborations and performances[edit] In 2001 Glover was among a host of bass players who contributed to Gov't Mule's double album The Deep End, recorded as a tribute to the late Allen Woody, Mule's original bassist. Glover played on Deep Purple's "Maybe I'm a Leo", which was one of Woody's favourite songs. On 3 May 2003, in New Orleans, Glover also took part in a special concert performed by Gov't Mule
Gov't Mule
featuring appearances from all bass players who had contributed to The Deep End album.

Roger Glover
Roger Glover
performing in London for the Sunflower Jam, 2007.

On 7 October 2007 Glover joined his former bandmate Jon Lord
Jon Lord
to perform Concerto for Group and Orchestra
Concerto for Group and Orchestra
at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton. The concert also featured the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Mann. In 2008 Glover played bass on a charity single called "Lucy's Song", written and produced by David Domminney of Rogue Studios in London and available at iTunes. Income from the sale went to The Linda McCartney Cancer Centre (specifically to promote their Field of Women event which took place at Liverpool Cricket Club on 6 July 2008). On 21 March 2012 Ian Paice
Ian Paice
was playing a gig with the Deep Purple tribute band Purpendicular
Purpendicular
in Pratteln, Switzerland. The band received a surprise reinforcement as Roger Glover
Roger Glover
"happened to be in the neighbourhood" and joined them on stage. Personal life[edit] Glover has been married twice and has three daughters. Musician Gillian Glover (born 1976) is from his first marriage. He currently lives in Switzerland with his partner and their two daughters.[9] In 2004 ITV Wales
Wales
aired a TV special about Glover, entitled Roger Glover – Made in Wales
Wales
(produced by Craig Hooper) which featured interviews from fellow musicians Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
and Ian Paice, as well as Glover's mother, Brenda, and his then-wife. Gear[edit] Roger Glover
Roger Glover
played Fender Precision, Fender Mustang Bass and Rickenbacker 4001
Rickenbacker 4001
basses during his early years with Deep Purple. In late 1970's, he used a Gibson Thunderbird. In mid-1980's Roger has used Peavey Foundation with neck from Peavey Fury Bass Since the mid-1990s, he has used Vigier Bass Guitars, SWR heads and cabinets, and Picato and Ernie Ball
Ernie Ball
strings.[10] Painting and photography[edit] On 22 October 2010 Roger Glover's artwork exhibition called Happy Silence opened at the K-8 e.V. Galerie in Cologne. Previously Glover has let many of his pictures be auctioned in other galleries for charitable purposes, but this was the first large-scale presentation of his work. Discography[edit] Main articles: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
discography and Rainbow discography

Episode Six

Put Yourself in My Place (1987) BBC Radio 1 Live 1998/1969 (1997) The Complete Episode Six (1991) Cornflakes and Crazyfoam (2002) Love, Hate, Revenge (2005)

Compilation albums of songs recorded between 1964 and 1969

Solo

Let's Go to the Disco/Broken Man (single) (1974, with Ray Fenwick, released under the name Marlon) The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (1974) Strawberry Fields Forever/Isolated Lady (single) (1975, with Eddie Hardin) Elements (1978) Mask (1984) Accidentally on Purpose (1988, with Ian Gillan) Snapshot (2002) If Life Was Easy (2011)

Guest appearances

Rupert Hine & David MacIver – Pick Up A Bone (1971) Jon Lord
Jon Lord
– Gemini Suite (1972) Dave Cousins
Dave Cousins
Two Weeks Last Summer
Two Weeks Last Summer
(1972) Nazareth – Loud 'n' Proud
Loud 'n' Proud
(1973, "Free Wheeler") Andy Mackay – In Search For Eddie Riff (1974) Dan McCafferty
Dan McCafferty
Dan McCafferty
Dan McCafferty
(1975) Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
Band – Child in Time
Child in Time
(1976) Eddie Hardin
Eddie Hardin
– Wizard's Convention (1976, "Loose Ends") John Perry – Sunset Wading (1976) Eddie Hardin
Eddie Hardin
– You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks (1977) David Coverdale
David Coverdale
– White Snake (1977) David Coverdale
David Coverdale
Northwinds
Northwinds
(1978) Joe Breen – More Than Meets The Eye (1978) Wheels – Don't Be Strange (1979) Eddie Hardin
Eddie Hardin
– Circumstancial Evidence (1982) Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
Naked Thunder
Naked Thunder
(1990, "No More Cane on the Brazos") Pretty Maids
Pretty Maids
– Jump The Gun (1990, "Dream On") Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
– Cherkazoo and Other Stories (1992, archival recordings from 1972–1974) Gov't Mule
Gov't Mule
The Deep End, Volume 1
The Deep End, Volume 1
(2001, "Maybe I'm A Leo") Gov't Mule
Gov't Mule
The Deepest End, Live in Concert (2003, "Maybe I'm A Leo") Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
Gillan's Inn
Gillan's Inn
(2006) Domminney – Lucy's Song (charity single for Field for Women) (2008) Bernhard Welz – Stay Tuned (2010, "Believe Me") Walther Gallay – Stigmates (2014) Celebrating Jon Lord
Jon Lord
(2014) Purpendicular
Purpendicular
– This Is The Thing #1 (2015) Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper
– Paranormal (2017)

As producer

Rupert Hine & David MacIver – Pick Up A Bone (1971) ELF – ELF (1972, with Ian Paice) Nazareth – Razamanaz
Razamanaz
(1973) Nazareth – Loud 'n' Proud
Loud 'n' Proud
(1974) Nazareth – Rampant (1974) Spencer Davis Group
Spencer Davis Group
– Living in a Back Street (1974) Hardin & York, with Charlie McCracken – Hardin & York, with Charlie McCracken (1974, two tracks only) ELF – Carolina County Ball (1974) ELF – Trying To Burn The Sun (1975) Reflections – Moon Power/Little Star (single) (1975) Strapps – Strapps (1976) Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
Band – Child in Time
Child in Time
(1976) Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher
Calling Card
Calling Card
(1976) Status Quo – Wild Side of Life/All Through The Night (single) (1976) Judas Priest
Judas Priest
Sin After Sin
Sin After Sin
(1977) Young & Moody – Young & Moody (1977) Eddie Hardin
Eddie Hardin
– You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks (1977) Strapps – Secret Damage (1977, with Louie Austin and Chris Kimsey) David Coverdale
David Coverdale
– White Snake (1977) David Coverdale
David Coverdale
Northwinds
Northwinds
(1978) Barbi Benton – Ain't That Just the Way (1978) Joe Breen – More Than Meets The Eye (1978) Grand Theft – Have You Seen This Band? (1978) Rainbow – Down to Earth (1979) Young & Moody – Devil Went Down To Georgia/You Can't Catch Me (single) (1979) Young & Moody – All The Good Friends/Playing Your Game (single) (1980) Michael Schenker Group
Michael Schenker Group
– The Michael Schenker Group
Michael Schenker Group
(1980) Rainbow – Difficult to Cure
Difficult to Cure
(1981) Rainbow – Straight Between the Eyes
Straight Between the Eyes
(1982) Rainbow – Bent Out of Shape
Bent Out of Shape
(1983) Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Perfect Strangers (album)
Perfect Strangers (album)
(1984, with Deep Purple) Rainbow – Finyl Vinyl
Finyl Vinyl
(1986) Deep Purple
Deep Purple
The House of Blue Light
The House of Blue Light
(1987, with Deep Purple) Pretty Maids
Pretty Maids
– Jump the Gun (1990) Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Slaves and Masters
Slaves and Masters
(1990) Deep Purple
Deep Purple
The Battle Rages On
The Battle Rages On
(1993, with Thom Panunzio) Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Purpendicular
Purpendicular
(1996) Deep Purple
Deep Purple
– Abandon (1998) Dream Theater
Dream Theater
– Made in Japan
Japan
(2006) Gillian Glover – Red Handed (2007, additional production) Café Bertrand – L'Art délicat du Rock & Roll (2008, mixing) Young & Moody – Back for the Last Time Again (2011, archive recordings)

Film and TV appearances

1976 The Butterfly Ball (feature film) 1991 Deep Purple
Deep Purple
– Heavy Metal Pioneers (Warner, interviewee) 1995 Rock Family Trees, ep. Deep Purple
Deep Purple
(TV, interviewee) 1996 In a Metal Mood 2000 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock (TV, interviewee) 2002 Gov't Mule
Gov't Mule
– Rising Low (feature) 2002 Classic Albums, ep. Deep Purple
Deep Purple
– Machine Head (Granada, interviewee) 2004 Roger Glover
Roger Glover
– Made in Wales
Wales
(ITV, interviewee) 2006 Memo – Ivan Pedersen's 40 års karriere (feature, interviewee) 2007 Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
– Highway Star: A Journey in Rock (feature, interviewee) 2011 Metal Evolution, ep. Early Metal, Part 2: UK Division (VH1, interviewee) 2013 Behind The Music Remastered, ep. Deep Purple
Deep Purple
(VH1, interviewee)

References[edit]

^ Turkey: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Performs in Istanbul – Balkan Travellers ^ "Purple haze". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 16 November 2012. [permanent dead link] ^ a b "Bass player's question time". Roger Glover
Roger Glover
official site. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007.  ^ "A Highway Star: Deep Purple's Roger Glover
Roger Glover
Interviewed". The Quietus. 20 January 2011.  ^ "Deep Purple". Rock Hall Library and Archive. Retrieved 18 July 2017.  ^ " Smoke on the Water
Smoke on the Water
- Deep Purple
Deep Purple
(Songfacts)". songfacts.com. Retrieved 7 June 2017.  ^ "Alan Aldridge". Lambiek.net. Retrieved 14 December 2017.  ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 392. CN 5585.  ^ Perry, Shawn. "The Roger Glover
Roger Glover
Interview". Vintage Rock. Retrieved 20 July 2015.  ^ "Guitar Magazine, October, 2003". Retrieved 8 December 2014. 

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Deep Purple

Ian Paice Roger Glover Ian Gillan Steve Morse Don Airey

Jon Lord Ritchie Blackmore Rod Evans Nick Simper Glenn Hughes David Coverdale Tommy Bolin Joe Lynn Turner Joe Satriani

Studio albums

Shades of Deep Purple The Book
Book
of Taliesyn Deep Purple Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in Rock Fireball Machine Head Who Do We Think We Are Burn Stormbringer Come Taste the Band Perfect Strangers The House of Blue Light Slaves and Masters The Battle Rages On... Purpendicular Abandon Bananas Rapture of the Deep Now What?! Infinite

Live albums

Concerto for Group and Orchestra Made in Japan Made in Europe Last Concert in Japan Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in Concert Live in London Nobody's Perfect Scandinavian Nights In the Absence of Pink: Knebworth '85 Gemini Suite Live Come Hell or High Water King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in Concert California Jamming Mk III: The Final Concerts Live at The Olympia '96 Total Abandon: Australia '99 In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra Live at the Rotterdam Ahoy This Time Around: Live in Tokyo Live in Paris 1975 Inglewood: Live in California Space Vol 1 & 2 Perks and Tit Live in Europe 1993 Live at Montreux 1996 Live in Montreux 69 Live in Denmark 1972 Live at Montreux 2006: They All Came Down to Montreux Live at Montreux 2011 Phoenix Rising Live in Verona

Compilation albums

Purple Passages Mark I & II 24 Carat Purple Powerhouse The Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Singles A's and B's When We Rock, We Rock, and When We Roll, We Roll The Mark II Purple Singles Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple The Anthology Knocking at Your Back Door: The Best of Deep Purple
Deep Purple
in the 80's Smoke on the Water: The Best Of 30: Very Best of Deep Purple Smoke on the Water Shades 1968–1998 The Very Best of Deep Purple Days May Come and Days May Go Smoke on the Water
Smoke on the Water
& Other Hits The Soundboard Series Listen, Learn, Read On Winning Combinations: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
and Rainbow The Early Years The Platinum Collection BBC Sessions 1968–1970

Singles

"Hush" "Kentucky Woman" "River Deep – Mountain High" "Emmaretta" "Hallelujah" "Black Night" "Strange Kind of Woman" "Fireball" "Never Before" "Lazy" "Highway Star" "Smoke on the Water" "Woman from Tokyo" "Super Trouper" "Might Just Take Your Life" "Burn" "You Can't Do It Right" "Stormbringer" "You Keep On Moving" "Gettin' Tighter" "Perfect Strangers" "Nobody's Home" "Knocking at Your Back Door" "Call of the Wild" "Bad Attitude" "King of Dreams" "Fire in the Basement" "Love Conquers All" "The Battle Rages On..." "Anya" "Time to Kill" "Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming" "Any Fule Kno That" "Haunted" "House of Pain" "Rapture of the Deep" "All the Time in the World" "Vincent Price" "Above and Beyond" "Out of Hand" "Time for Bedlam" "All I Got Is You" "Johnny's Band"

Other songs

"Mandrake Root" "Wring That Neck" "Anthem" "Bird Has Flown" "April" "Speed King" "Child in Time" "Hard Lovin' Man" "The Mule" "No No No" "Space Truckin'" "Lazy" "Maybe I'm a Leo" "When a Blind Man Cries" "Rat Bat Blue" "Mistreated" "You Fool No One" "Soldier of Fortune" "Lady Double Dealer" "Comin' Home" "Under the Gun" "A Gypsy's Kiss" "The Unwritten Law" "Vavoom: Ted the Mechanic" "Cascades: I'm Not Your Lover" "Hey Cisco" "'69" "Contact Lost" "Wrong Man" "Before Time Began" "The Well-Dressed Guitar" "Uncommon Man" "Hell to Pay" "The Surprising" "Birds of Prey"

Video albums

Concerto for Group and Orchestra Live in Concert 72/73 Live in California 74 Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Rises Over Japan Come Hell or High Water Bombay Calling Live at Montreux 1996 Total Abandon: Australia '99 In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra Classic Albums: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
– The Making of Machine Head Live at Montreux 2006 Around the World Live History, Hits & Highlights '68–'76 Phoenix Rising Live at Montreux 2011 Live in Verona

Concert tours

Shades of Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Tour The Book of Taliesyn
The Book of Taliesyn
Tour Deep Purple
Deep Purple
European Tour In Rock World Tour Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Secret Mexican Tour Deep Purple
Deep Purple
Secret USA Tour Rapture of the Deep
Rapture of the Deep
tour The Songs That Built Rock Tour Now What? World Tour The Long Goodbye Tour

Related bands

The Artwoods The Outlaws The Flower Pot Men Episode Six Trapeze Zephyr James Gang Dixie Dregs Captain Beyond Warhorse Ian Gillan
Ian Gillan
Band Gillan Rainbow Blackmore's Night Whitesnake Coverdale•Page Paice Ashton Lord Black Sabbath Gary Moore Yngwie Malmsteen Hughes Turner Project Living Loud WhoCares Black Country Communion

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Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore Jens Johansson David Keith Bob Nouveau Ronnie Romero

Ronnie James Dio Gary Driscoll Craig Gruber Micky Lee Soule Cozy Powell Jimmy Bain Tony Carey David Stone Mark Clarke Bob Daisley Roger Glover Don Airey Graham Bonnet Joe Lynn Turner Bobby Rondinelli David Rosenthal Chuck Burgi Paul Morris Greg Smith Doogie White John O'Reilly John Micelli

Studio albums

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Rising Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Down to Earth Difficult to Cure Straight Between the Eyes Bent Out of Shape Stranger in Us All

EPs

Jealous Lover

Live albums

On Stage Finyl Vinyl Live in Germany 1976/Live in Europe Deutschland Tournee 1976 Live in Munich 1977 Black Masquerade Memories in Rock - Live in Germany

Compilation albums

The Best of Rainbow The Very Best of Rainbow 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rainbow Classic Rainbow Pot of Gold All Night Long: An Introduction Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology Winning Combinations: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
and Rainbow Anthology 1975 – 1984

Video albums

Live Between the Eyes The Final Cut Live in Munich 1977 Black Masquerade Memories in Rock - Live in Germany

Songs

"Man on the Silver Mountain" "Catch the Rainbow" "Stargazer" "Since You Been Gone" "Street of Dreams"

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