Mario Solis‘ Today’s Memory
Roger Glover’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Roger David Glover (born 30 November 1945) is a British #bassist, #songwriter, and #record #producer. He is best known as the #bassist for #rock #bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. Glover wrote the guitar riff on „Maybe I’m a Leo”.
After spending four years with Deep Purple, where the band saw their most successful releases in the albums in Rock and Machine Head, Glover departed, along with Gillan, after Deep Purple’s second tour of Japan in the summer of 1973. Glover said „I wrote the riff to „Maybe I’m a Leo” after hearing John Lennon’s „How Do You Sleep?”.
Throughout the 1970s Glover produced albums by such acts as Judas Priest, Nazareth, Elf, Status Quo, the Ian Gillan Band and David Coverdale.
In 1974 Glover released his first solo album, The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast, and in 1978 his second, Elements.
From 1979 to 1984 he was the bassist, lyricist and producer for Ritchie Blackmore’s solo band, Rainbow, working on four of the group’s studio albums.
In 1983 he recorded his third solo album, Mask, released the next year. When in April 1984 Deep Purple reformed, Glover returned to his old band where he has remained for the last three decades.
In 1988 Glover, along with fellow Deep Purple member Ian Gillan, recorded the side-project album Accidentally on Purpose. Almost two decades later Glover played with Gillan during Gillan’s brief solo tour in 2006.
In 2002 Glover released his fourth solo album, entitled Snapshot, under the name Roger Glover & The Guilty Party. The album featured performances from Randall Bramblett (who shared co-writing credits on several tracks) as well as Glover’s daughter, Gillian.
In 2011 he released his fifth solo album, If Life Was Easy, which featured guest appearances by Nazareth’s Dan McCafferty and Pete Agnew as well as Walther Gallay and Daniel „Sahaj” Ticotin.