Ian Gillan

Ian Gillan

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Ian Gillan (born on 19 August 1945), is a rock music vocalist best known as the lead singer for legendary rock band Deep Purple. He is considered to be one of the foremost rock vocalists, who introduced into the rock music the vocal belting technique. In his prime he possessed a very wide vocal range which was rumored to be 4 and a half to 5 octaves and with seemingly effortless and fluid movement throughout it and with remarkable force and precision in the upper register. More Info »

Top Albums

  • Gillan's Inn Deluxe Tour Edition
    Gillan's Inn Deluxe Tour Edition
  • Gillan's Inn
    Gillan's Inn
  • One Eye To Morocco
    One Eye To Morocco
  • The Very Best of Gillan
    The Very Best of Gillan
  • Naked Thunder
    Naked Thunder
  • Rock Profile
    Rock Profile
  • Toolbox
    Toolbox
  • Dreamcatcher
    Dreamcatcher
  • Live In Anaheim
    Live In Anaheim
  • Glory Road
    Glory Road
  • Rock Masters: Mr. Universe (Live)
    Rock Masters: Mr. Universe (Live)
  • What I Did on My Vacation
    What I Did on My Vacation
  • Cherkazoo And Other Stories
    Cherkazoo And Other Stories
  • Scarabus
    Scarabus
  • Gillan's Inn Live
    Gillan's Inn Live
  • Rarities 1975-1977
    Rarities 1975-1977
  • Clear Air Turbulence
    Clear Air Turbulence
  • Clear Air Turbulance
    Clear Air Turbulance
  • Cherkazoo and Other Stories...
    Cherkazoo and Other Stories...
  • Trouble: The Best of Gillan
    Trouble: The Best of Gillan
  • Naked Thunder + Toolbox + Cherkazoo
    Naked Thunder + Toolbox + Cherkazoo
  • Live At The Rainbow
    Live At The Rainbow
  • Mercury High: The Story of Ian Gillan (disc 2)
    Mercury High: The Story of Ian Gillan (disc 2)
  • Mercury High: The Story of Ian Gillan
    Mercury High: The Story of Ian Gillan
  • No Fire Without Smoke (disc 2)
    No Fire Without Smoke (disc 2)
  • Live Wembley 17th December 1982
    Live Wembley 17th December 1982
  • Mercury High: The Story of Ian Gillan (disc 1)
    Mercury High: The Story of Ian Gillan (disc 1)
  • Talisman: In the Studio & On Stage
    Talisman: In the Studio & On Stage
  • No Fire Without Smoke (disc 1)
    No Fire Without Smoke (disc 1)

Ian Gillan. Artist Bio

Ian Gillan (born on 19 August 1945), is a rock music vocalist best known as the lead singer for legendary rock band Deep Purple. He is considered to be one of the foremost rock vocalists, who introduced into the rock music the vocal belting technique. In his prime he possessed a very wide vocal range which was rumored to be 4 and a half to 5 octaves and with seemingly effortless and fluid movement throughout it and with remarkable force and precision in the upper register.

Gillan was born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England. He joined the band Deep Purple in 1969. In 1970, he sang the part of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. After leaving Deep Purple in 1973, he went into brief retirement before forming the Ian Gillan Band. The early band sound had a distinct jazz-rock aspect which proved unpopular and was replaced by a more high powered hard rock sound as Gillan reformed the lineup and shortened the groups name to Gillan. With the release of Mr. Universe Ian Gillan was back in the UK charts and through several more line up changes released a string of hit singles and successful albums including Glory Road, Future Shock, Double Trouble, and finally Magic.

Then he announced the band would fold as he needed to rest his damaged vocal cords. In 1983 he joined Black Sabbath to record the Born Again album before rejoining a reunited Deep Purple shortly after completing the Born Again tour in early 1984. He left Purple again in 1989, but rejoined for good in 1992. He remains in the band today.

Gillan is now working on a project to document his 40-year career, tentatively called Gillan's Inn. Tony Iommi, Jeff Healey, various members of Deep Purple and many others will be featured on this 2006 DVD project.


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