1948 – Drummer Ian Paice of Deep Purple is born…

Ian Paice

1948 – Drummer Ian Paice of Deep Purple is born in Nottingham, England.

Ian Anderson Paice (born June 29, 1948 in Nottingham, England) made his name as the drummer with seminal heavy rock band Deep Purple. As of Jon Lord’s departure in 2002, he is the only founding member of the band still performing with the group.

Early days

Born in Nottingham, England his family moved to Bicester in Oxfordshire.

He was originally interested in playing the violin, but switched to drums at the age of 15. He once recalled: “Eventually I bought a kit for 32 pound and went round accompanying my father who was a pianist playing waltzes and quicksteps. It was a wee bit insipid but it was a start.”

Heavily influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and other jazz drummers, Ian is one of the few hard rock drummers who uses swing and jazz inflections in his powerhouse style.[citation needed] He is also left-handed.

He was the drummer in a local Bicester group called “Georgie and the Rave ons”. The group later changed their name to “The Shindigs”. Ian left the “shindigs” to join a group called “MI5” later renamed “The Maze”.

Deep Purple

He played alongside Rod Evans in The Maze. After this, at 19, he helped create Deep Purple in 1968. He participated in the 80s ‘Super Drumming’ event. He is the only one who has been in every Deep Purple lineup until the present. He has also played with Paice, Ashton & Lord, Whitesnake, and Gary Moore.

In the summer of ’92, Ian Paice guested at a Leukaemia Research charity concert in Oxford, with members of Bad Company and Procol Harum which included a rendition of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.

He guested on Paul McCartney’s Run Devil Run (1999) rock’n’roll album. Steve Morse says about Ian Paice: “He’s like a real heavy Ringo. He’s just so good on the drums, but doesn’t want to make a big deal about it.”

He is almost always seen wearing blue (or occasionally green or purple) coloured spectacles.


Ian uses Pearl drumkits as his main performing drums, incorporating Paiste cymbals and Promark sticks. A devotee of Ludwig kits during the seventies, he switched to Pearl around 1984, which he still plays. He also prefers a single bass drum set-up, both live and in the studio. One of the few exceptions is on the Deep Purple charting single “Fireball”. Pearl Drums produce his signature snare drum.

He has also released a solo DVD which is aimed at both drummers and music fans in general.


The Shindings

* 1965 One Little Letter/What You Gonna Do (SP, UK)
* 1965 A Little While Back/Why Say Goodbye (SP, UK)

MI5 i The Maze

* 1966 You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You/Only Time Will Tell (SP, UK)
* 1966 Hello Stranger/Telephone (SP, UK)
* 1967 Aria Del Sud/Non Fatemio Odiare (SP, Italy)
* 1967 Harlem Shuffle/What Now/The Trap/I’m So Glad (EP, France)
* 1967 Catteri, Catteri/Easy Street (SP, UK)

Deep Purple

Main article, see Deep Purple discography

* 1968 Shades of Deep Purple
* 1968 The Book of Taliesyn
* 1969 Deep Purple
* 1969 Concerto for Group and Orchestra
* 1970 Deep Purple in Rock
* 1971 Fireball
* 1972 Machine Head
* 1972 Made in Japan
* 1973 Who Do We Think We Are
* 1974 Burn
* 1974 Stormbringer
* 1975 Come Taste the Band
* 1976 Made in Europe
* 1977 Last Concert in Japan
* 1984 Perfect Strangers
* 1987 The House of Blue Light
* 1990 Slaves & Masters
* 1993 The Battle Rages On
* 1996 Purpendicular
* 1998 Abandon
* 2003 Bananas
* 2005 Rapture of the Deep


* 1980 Ready An’ Willing
* 1980 Live … in the Heart of the City
* 1981 Come An’ Get It
* 1982 Saints & Sinners
* 2004 The Early Years (compilation)

Gary Moore Band

* 1982 Corridors of Power
* 1982 Live at the Marquee (EP)
* 1983 Falling in Love with You (EP)
* 1983 Rocking Every Night
* 1983 Victims of the Future
* 1984 We Want Moore!


* 2002 Not for the Pro’s (DVD+CD)
* 2005 Chad Smith & Ian Paice – Live Performances, Interviews, Tech Talk and Soundcheck (DVD)
* 2006 Modern Drummer Festival 2005 (DVD)

Guest appearances

* 1967 Do Your Own Thing/Goodbye Baby Goodbye (Soul Brothers, SP)
* 1968 I Shall Be Released/Down In The Flood (Boz Burrell, SP)
* 1968 I Feel Fine/Let Me Love You (Tony Wilson, SP)
* 1971 Natural Magic (Green Bullfrog)
* 1971 In My Time (Mike Hurst)
* 1972 Gemini Suite (Jon Lord)
* 1972 Home is Where You Find It (Eddie Hardin)
* 1972 The Pete York Percussion Band (The Pete York Percussion Band)
* 1972 Squeeze (Velvet Underground)
* 1973 Bump & Grind (Jackson Heights)
* 1974 E.H. in the UK – The Eddie Harrin London Sessions (Eddie Hardin)
* 1974 First of the Big Bands (Tony Ashton & Jon Lord)
* 1975 Funkist (Bobby Harrison)
* 1977 You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks (Eddie Hardin)
* 1978 Composition (Kirby)
* 1980 And About Time Too (Bernie Marsden)
* 1981 Look At Me Now (Bernie Marsden)
* 1981 Free Spirit (Ken Hensley)
* 1982 Before I Forget (Jon Lord)
* 1983 Arrested – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Friends Tribute to Police
* 1987 Super Drumming (Pete York & Friends)
* 1989 Best of Dark Horse 1976-89 (George Harrison)
* 1993 BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert ’74 (Tony Ashton & Jon Lord)
* 1994 From Time To Time (Ken Hensley)
* 1999 Jump the Gun (Pretty Maids)
* 1999 Run Devil Run (Paul McCartney)
* 1999 Live at the Cavern (Paul McCartney, DVD)
* 2001 Living on the Outside (Jim Capaldi)
* 2001 Twister (Max Magagni)
* 2003 E-Thnik (Mario Fasciano)
* 2003 Dal Vero (Tolo Marton)
* 2006 Gillan’s Inn (Ian Gillan)
* 2006 Time To Take A Stand (Moonstone Project)

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