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North Sea ferry in 1968


"When Deep Purple first sprang to life on a North Sea ferry in 1968..." This is the begining of the latest article on The Highway Star News page. I don't remember having heard about this "ferry tale". I should maybe get back to my literature on DP.

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 I think the "When Deep Purple first sprang to life on a North Sea ferry in 1968..." thing may be in reference to the somewhat 'murky' earliest days & history of the band, the selection of the name "Deep Purple" in particular.
 There's always seemed to be a bit of confusion (for lack of a better term) about exactly when the group decided to formally (again, for lack of a better term) change from "Roundabout" to "Deep Purple". It's been said (by various participants) the decision was made:

1)after the band played thier very first tour of the Scandinavias

2)prior to one of the few shows from that initial tour that was televised on Danish (?)television & Jon Lord introduced the band as "Deep Purple"

3)while the band was travelling - via ferry - to the Sacandinavias to begin the tour.

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And I thought ]that
would be the real Deep Purple story. Strange! emoticon
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 Who knows, [sign in to see URL] in a few thousand years that might possibly be the only surviving mention of a rock music band named Deep Purple and that version will be touted as the accepted 'official' history. emoticon

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 Anyhow, I myself have come to accept that the band had alternate group names ready to go if the band 'bombed' or wasn't received well on thier very first tour dates as 'Roundabout' in late April of 1968. A bit of research has shown that the record company, Tetragrammation and Feldman Music Publishing & thier respective heads (Artie Mogull & Ben Nesbit) whom were negotiating with the new band's management, were both referring to the group as "Deep Purple" as early as the first week of March, [sign in to see URL] to note that Tetragrammation secured the rights to Deep Purple in the US, Japan & Canada for a $2,000 cash advance & 9% of the future royalties.
 Another fairly interesting aspect regarding the 'North Sea ferry in 1968' topic was that upon arriving in Esbjerg, the band & thier 2 roadies - Ian Hansford & David Jacobson - were reportedly detained for a couple/few hours by the police and held in jail because thier work permits weren't in proper order.


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"...the band had agreed the name Roundabout had to go. "We had a list [of band names] on the wall at Deeves Hall," says Lord. "It was very nearly Orpheus. Concrete God we thought was a bit radical. Sugarlump was on there. One morning Deep Purple was on it. After intense interrogation it turned out that Ritchie had put it up. The reason was that it was his grandmother's favourite song."
Blackmore didn't let anyone know if he was thinking of Nino Tempo and April Steven's 1963 hit cover of Deep Purple, or an earlier version of the 1920's standard.
 The quintet got their first chance to play before an audience in April 1968 during a short string of dates in Denmark - familiar territory for Lord, who had made some impact there the previous year with the St Valentine's Day Massacre version of The Artwoods. The major advantage of playing Denmark was that it was out of the spotlight.
Lord: "The rather cynical view was that if we went over and made a balls up, it would be the waste of a good name. So we went over as Roundabout. If it didn't work we could still keep the name Deep Purple."
Nick Simper has a slightly different memory: "Right up to being on the boat to Denmark we didn't have a name. Of course Tony Edwards said 'Roundabout'. On the boat this reporter came over - it was obvious we were a group with the dyed black hair - and asked us what out name was. Ritchie said 'Deep Purple'." - from the article "On The Roundabout With Deep Purple" by Kieron Tyler in Mojo magazine, 2002.

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 emoticon After seeing a post in another topic on another board from our fellow forum member Snakehead, I dug out my copy of & Charlesworth's book, grasped my 'Official Sherlock Holmes Magnifying Glass' & donned my 'Official Sherlock Holmes Deerstalker Hat' and - voila! It's exactly as Snakehead corrected - the telegram was dated '1968MAY 6 pm 7 16'...once again, the old memory isn't serving as well as it once was... emoticon

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