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feb 16th
Z's School of Hard Rocks - Lesson 1 - DEEP PURPLE
   OUR FIRST LESSON BRIDGES OLD ROCK WITH THE NEW.
   IN THE WEEKS PRIOR TO PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY’S 1963 ASSASSINATION, ONE OF THE TOP HITS ON THE CHARTS WAS A SONG CALLED ‘DEEP PURPLE’. IF YOU WERE AROUND THEN, YOU KNOW THE SONG. OTHERWISE YOU PROBABLY RECOGNIZE IT FROM OLDIES RADIO.
   THE SONG WAS RECORDED BY A BROTHER-AND-SISTER ACT, NINO TEMPO AND APRIL STEVENS WHO WERE FROM FROM NIAGRA FALLS, NEW YORK.
   HERE’S A SNIPPET OF THE SONG. GIVE A LISTEN AND THEN I WANT TO TELL YOU WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THE STUDIO AS THE SONG WAS BEING RECORDED.
  
                                              


HE WAS SINGING. SHE WAS TALKING. WHAT WAS GOING ON? WELL, ON THE DAY OF THE RECORDING, HE, NINO TEMPO, DIDN’T KNOW THE LYRICS TO THE SECOND HALF OF THE SONG. SO SHE, APRIL STEVENS TALKED THE WORDS INTO HIS HEADSET AND HE FOLLOWED. ON PLAYBACK, THE SOUND ENGINEER WAS SUPPOSED TO PLAY BACK ONLY TEMPO SINGING, BUT INSTEAD HE PLAYED BACK BOTH TRACKS. THE PRODUCER LOVED IT AND NO MATTER HOW MUCH NINO TEMPO FOUGHT IT BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT ANYONE TALKING ON HIS RECORD, BOTH VOICES STAYED. DEEP PURPLE – BY THE WAY, THAT PHRASE HAS MYSTICAL CONNOTATIONS IN THE OCCULT WORLD. THAT’S THE FIRST PART OF THE HISTORY LESSON.
   THE FOLLOW UP: 5 YEARS LATER IN  1968 A GUY NAMED RITCHIE BLACKMORE JOINED A BAND AND THE BAND COULDN’T DECIDE ON A NAME. THEY ALMOST DECIDED ON THE NAME “CONCRETE GODS”.  BUT THEY FELT THE NAME “CONCRETE GODS” WAS A BIT HARSH. THAT WAS WHEN  BLACKMORE SUGGESTED THEY NAME THE BAND AFTER HIS GRANDMOTHER’S FAVORITE SONG – DEEP PURPLE.
     AND YOUR FIRST LESSON FROM Z’S SCHOOL OF HARD ROCKS IS COMPLETE.