Roger David Glover (born November 30, 1945 in Brecon, Wales) is a Welsh/English bassist, keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer. Glover is best known as the bassist and songwriter for rock band Deep Purple, and he is also well known for his work with Rainbow.
Born near Brecon, Wales, Glover moved with his family to St Helens
before settling in London
, in the city's South Kensington
area, at the age of ten. Around that time, Glover's interests started to shift towards rock music
, and by the time he was thirteen, Glover began playing guitar.
He later moved to the North London
district of Pinner
, and while in school, Glover formed his first band, Madisons, with a group of friends, which later merged together with a rival band to become Episode Six
, a band which later featured Glover's future Deep Purple bandmate, vocalist Ian Gillan
. The two left Episode Six in 1969 to join Deep Purple.
Deep Purple and solo
After spending four years with Deep Purple, where the band saw their most successful releases in albums In Rock
and Machine Head
, Glover was dismissed by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore
and became a record producer for such bands as Judas Priest
. He also released two of his solo albums, Butterfly Ball
in 1974, and Elements
in 1978, before rejoining his former Deep Purple bandmate, Ritchie Blackmore, in his band Rainbow
, where he worked on five of the band's albums. He also performed with David Coverdale in the initial version of his solo band, later to transform into Whitesnake. In 1984 he returned briefly to his solo career, recording his third solo album Mask
. During that year, Deep Purple
reformed and Glover returned to his old band, where he performs to this day. He has sinced played with Ian Gillan during his brief solo tour in 2006.
Roger Glover is married for the second time and lives in USA
. He has a daughter, Gillian
(b. 1976), from first marriage.
With Deep Purple
As Gillan & Glover
With Episode Six
As guest musician