Famed English rockers Deep Purple assembled in 1968. Since then, the group has pioneered a unique heavy metal sound that led them to the top of the charts, along with other British rock legends like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame only after years of criticism for their lack of inclusion, with supporters including Kiss bassist Gene Simmons and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather. In fact, Lukather declared that"the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has lost its cool because of the glaring omissions." Luckily, Deep Purple made the cut in 1996, so maybe the Hall of Fame's cool can still be salvaged.