Deep Purple – Hush

‘Hush’ was written by Joe South and first recorded by the country singer Billy Joe Royal who recorded it under the genre of Swamp Rock music and this song put Deep Purple on the map as a hard rock band.  It came out on their ‘Shades of Deep Purple’ album which was released in 1968 and the single reached #4 on the American charts.  The song is about a guy who is so crazy in love that he’ll drop everything if he thinks this girl who he is obsessed with might be calling his name.  Swamp Rock music is best described by what Creedence Clearwater Revival played.

Some people consider Deep Purple to be the pioneers of Heavy Metal music and due to their ear-shattering heavy metal sound were in 1972 awarded the dubious honor as being the globe’s loudest band in The Guinness Book of World Records. A concert at London’s Rainbow Theater was clocked at 117 decibels, that was loud enough to render three members of their audience unconscious.  Unfortunately the record wouldn’t stand, being blown away a mere three years later by The Who and it is currently held by metal warriors Manowar.  This British band was at their peak in the 1960’s to the early 1970’s and they survived a seemingly endless series of line-up changes and they had a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community.  They were originally known as the ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Deep Purple’ formed in March 1968.  Their music is characterized by their heavy riff-based style and the incredible musical chemistry that developed between the organist Jon Lord and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.  Their Mark I lineup featured vocalist Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord.  They are best known for ‘Smoke on the Water’, ‘Hush’, ‘Fireball’, ‘Black Night’, ‘Highway Star’, ‘Woman from Tokyo’, and ‘Perfect Strangers’ to name a few.

Deep Purple went through several changes in their personnel, and after the band’s first three albums failed to take off, artistically or commercially, that is when Blackmore and Lord wanted to get heavier, so in mid-1969 original singer Rod Evans and bassist Nick Simper were sent packing.  Rod Evans was replaced with Ian Gillan and Nick Simper was replaced by Roger Glover.  Deep Purple disbanded between 1976 and 1984, but over the years, this group put out 20 albums with their last one being “Infinite’ which was released in 2017.

Blackmore suggested that the group change its name from ‘Roundabout’ to ‘Deep Purple’, which was his grandmother’s favorite song and this Big Band tune was recorded by Jimmy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and Bing Crosby.  Inside of the first nine months that this group formed, they prolifically recorded three studio albums and a non-album single.  Those early releases have been described as lacking direction, but in reality the band was still coming to grips with a wonderful new sound that they were striving to develop, which seemed to work with virtually any type of music, and thus did not limit them to a set direction.  Every musical avenue was open to them, but the first to bring success was pop music and their debut single ‘Hush’.  Following the success of their ‘Shades of Deep Purple’ album they were booked to support Cream on their Goodbye tour in October 1968.  Deep Purple had a basic formula which included a mix of Vanilla Fudge style covers that were expanded, slowed down and then steamrollered, this also included classical interludes, and self-written pieces packed with every musical idea that could be shoehorned in.  Their music was developing an edge which was at odds with their unwelcome pigeon-holing as a pop act.  Their cover of ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ did better than the classic Ike & Tina Turner version in the US charts.

When their US sales began to suffer and their second single ‘Emmaretta’ went nowhere fast, it seemed like a good time to shake up the lineup and concentrate on the increasingly dominant hard rock and classical elements in their music, leaving behind the pop and their commercial side.  Both Simper and Evans were kept uninformed and remained in the dark about the split and them being replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover and neither was pleased when they eventually heard of their impending fate through the musicians’ grapevine.

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
I got a certain little girl she’s on my mind
No doubt about it she looks so fine
She’s the best girl that I ever had
Sometimes she’s gonna make me feel so bad

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Hush, hush
I thought I heard her calling my name now
Hush, hush
She broke my heart but I love her just the same now
Hush, hush
Thought I heard her calling my name now
Hush, hush
I need her loving and I’m not to blame now

(Love, love) they got it early in the morning
(Love, love) they got it late in the evening
(Love, love) well, I want that, need it
(Love, love) oh, I gotta gotta have it

She’s got loving like quicksand
Only took one touch of her hand
To blow my mind and I’m in so deep
That I can’t eat and I can’t sleep

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Listen hush, hush
Thought I heard her calling my name now
Hush, hush
She broke my heart but I love her just the same now
Hush, hush
Thought I heard her calling my name now
Hush, hush
I need her loving and I’m not to blame now

(Love, love) they got it early in the morning
(Love, love) they got it late in the evening
(Love, love) well, I want that, need it
(Love, love) oh, I gotta gotta have it

Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Develop and for Scotts Daily Prompt – Suffer.

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