Roger Glover

Roger Glover (born Nov. 30, 1945) is a Welsh bassist, composer, and producer with a musical career that dates back to the mid-1960s. He first emerged as part of the English sunshine-pop band Episode Six, in which he played with vocalist Ian Gillan. The two joined Deep Purple in 1970, completing what would become the band’s classic mark II lineup, which released four studio albums and a live set over the next three years.

Glover left Purple in 1974 to concentrate on solo work, releasing the conceptual rock opera The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast that same year. As a producer, he worked the console for Nazareth, Rory Gallagher, and Judas Priest during this period. After his 1978 instrumental opus Elements, he re-teamed with Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore in Rainbow, playing with that band until their 1984 farewell. Later that same year, the classic Deep Purple lineup reconvened for two further albums.


  • The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast (1974)
  • Elements (1978)
  • Mask (1984)

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