Some bloke named Jim Farber wrote an amusing piece on replacement singers and their fate. Well amusing until one gets to the following pile of excrement.
DEEP PURPLE: A host of singers have fronted this long-running metal touchstone. But Ian Gillan remains the great one – by divine right (he played the son of God in the original “Jesus Christ Superstar”). When he left in 1974, they hired the thoroughly awful David Coverdale to mimic him. Coverdale later impersonated Robert Plant in the atrocious Whitesnake, inspiring the Led Zeppelin singer to dub him “David Cover Version,” a term that may offer the last word on singer substitutes.
First of all he is inaccurate about Coverdale’s arrival in the DP ranks. He shared lead vocals with Glenn Hughes; a pairing which produced the fan favourtie ‘Burn’. This is still a firm favourite of many and a song that has been covered widely. While you can debate if Coverdale/Hughes were the right choices for the band; but to call Coverdale truly awful is simply idiotic. I would also like to point out that Coverdale has been by far the most successful in his post-DP career of all the other singers. And if Page rates the guy; that is good enough for me. The album the pair produced is far better than a mere copy of classic Led Zep. I have to admit that I rather admire Coverdale and his pipes; considering him one of my fave singers of all time (with Plant, Gillan, Dickinson, Moore and Rodgers). And Coverdale produced my all time favourtie song ‘Here I Go Again’.
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