David Coverdale has established himself as one of the most impressive rock vocalists with his stunning baritone voice and intense vocal delivery. He is best known as the lead singer and founder of the legendary hard rock group Whitesnake. To present consistent and soulful performances for the audience, he has utilized various singing techniques that took years to develop.
When he first began performing professionally with local bands, the musician was around fourteen years old. Beginning to sing at a young age allowed him to develop his voice and gain a great deal of stage experience, which would serve him well in the music industry in later years. Yet, after a while, performing with local bands ceased to satisfy the singer, and he felt the need to take his career in a new direction by joining Deep Purple.
David Coverdale 1973: He joined Deep Purple. David Coverdale discovered an audition notice for Deep Purple in Melody Maker while searching for new opportunities to advance his career as a rock vocalist. The band was searching for a new lead singer to replace Ian Gillan, who left the group due to his unhappiness with the increasing internal conflicts within the group. After submitting a tape, Coverdale won the audition and was immediately welcomed into the band as the new lead singer due to his powerful voice.
The guitarist’s first album with Deep Purple, titled ‘Burn,’ was released in February 1974, followed by the band’s ninth studio album, titled ‘Stormbringer,’ in December 1974. With the release of the two albums featuring Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, the group’s sound began to incorporate soul and funk elements. In June 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple because he was dissatisfied with the group’s direction. After his departure, the group endured difficult times, which once brought David Coverdale to tears.
Why Did David Coverdale Cry During Deep Purple’s Performances? Following Ritchie Blackmore’s departure, members of Deep Purple were uncertain as to whether they would continue or disband. David Coverdale, who was opposed to a split, proposed that the band continue their musical journey with Tommy Bolin as the new guitarist. Bolin joined Purple after passing the audition, and his sole studio album with the group, “Come Taste the Band,” was released in October 1975.
The album was less successful commercially than the group’s previous releases. They nevertheless embarked on a tour in the hope of receiving a more favorable response, which proved futile. Even though Tommy Bolin was a talented guitarist, his drug use became apparent during the tour, causing the fans to criticize him for his poor performances. In March 1976, at the conclusion of the final performance of the tour, David Coverdale shed tears as he left the stage.
The rock star, exhausted by the band’s internal issues, decided to resign from the group and turned in his resignation letter. Jon Lord and Ian Paice, however, had already agreed to disband. Deep Purple announced their breakup in July 1976. Before forming Whitesnake in 1978, Coverdale pursued a brief solo career after leaving the band.