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WHITESNAKE - EARLY TIMES (1978/1983)


David Coverdale, after amazing experience in DEEP PURPLE, founded Whitesnake in 1978.

The line-up had been working as his backing band The White Snake Band on the White Snake (1977) album tour and they retained the title before officially being known as Whitesnake.

They toured as his support band and for both of the solo albums he made, White Snake (1977) and Northwinds (1978), between exiting Deep Purple and founding Whitesnake.

At this time, the band was made up of David Coverdale, two guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, the bass player Neil Murray and drummer David "Duck" Dowle with keyboardist Brian Johnston

Johnston would soon be replaced by Procol Harum keyboardist Pete Solley and, next, by DP'S legend, Mr. Jon Lord.

Whitesnake recorded the EP Snakebite, released in 1978 and included a cover of a Bobby "Blue" Bland song "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City", their first hit song.

The EP had some success in the UK and subsequent reissues of this EP included four bonus tracks from Coverdale's second solo album Northwinds (1978) produced by another DP's legend, Roger Glover. "Trouble" was released in 1978 peaking at No. 50 in the UK Charts.

Whitesnake toured Europe to promote the album and their first live album "Live at Hammersmith" was recorded on this tour and released in Japan in 1979. Tracks from the EP Snakebite were included in a reissue of the album Trouble in 2006. Whitesnake released "Lovehunter" in 1979; it contains "Long Way from Home", which reached No. 55 in the single charts.

Shortly also Ian Paice became a WHITESNAKE's member.

The new line-up recorded in the 1980 "Ready an' Willing".

The single "Fool for Your Loving", reached No. 13 in the UK single charts and No. 53 in the US, and the title track also hit No. 43 in the UK charts.

The following tour included the Saturday night headline appearance at the 1980 Reading Festival, the highlights of which were broadcast by BBC Radio 1 in the UK.

The band also released Live...In the Heart of the City, which contained recordings made in 1978 and 1980 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and achieved a No. 5 ranking in the UK album charts. In 1981 they published "Come an' Get It", which reached No. 2 in the UK album charts and produced the Top 20 hit "Don't Break My Heart Again" and the Top 40 hit "Would I Lie to You".

During 1982 Coverdale took time off to look after his sick daughter and decided to put Whitesnake on hold.

When David Coverdale returned to music, he reformed the band and after the recording of the album "Saints & Sinners" in 1982 replacing Bernie Marsden, Ian Paice and bass player Neil Murray with Mel Galley from Trapeze, bassist Colin Hodgkinson, and Cozy Powell as drummer.

"Saints & Sinners" was another Top 10 UK album and contained the hit "Here I Go Again", with Malcolm Birch on keys.

The new lineup toured in 1982–83, with headlining at Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington UK in August 1983 and the single "Guilty of Love" reached No. 31 in the UK singles chart. (PUBLIC pics caught on fb)


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