David Coverdale

Born Sep 22, 1951

David 'Jack' Coverdale is an English rock singer most famous for his work with Whitesnake, the commercially successful hard rock band he founded in 1976. Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to March 15, 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo career. A collaboration album with Jimmy Page, released in 1993, was a commercial and critical success.… Read More

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1951 Birth Coverdale was born on 22 September 1951, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. … Read More


1969 17 Years Old Coverdale had fronted a local group called The Government, which had played with Deep Purple on the same bill in 1969, so he and the band were familiar with one another, and after sending a tape and later auditioning, Coverdale was admitted into the band, with bassist Glenn Hughes adding his own vocals as well.


1973 21 Years Old …  Before Whitesnake, Coverdale was the lead singer of Deep Purple from late 1973 to 15 March 1976, when he resigned from the band and established his solo career. … Read More
In February 1974, Deep Purple released their first album with Coverdale and Hughes titled Burn which was certified Gold in the US on 20 March 1974 and in the UK on 1 July.
1975 23 Years Old We liked his playing on it and invited Tommy to audition.'" The band released one studio album with Bolin, Come Taste the Band in 1975.
1976 24 Years Old The album was less successful than previous records, and at the end of the tour in March 1976, Coverdale reportedly walked off in tears and handed in his resignation, to which he was told there was no band left to quit. The decision to disband Deep Purple had been made some time before the last show by Lord and Ian Paice (the last remaining original members), who had not told anyone else. The break-up was finally made public in July 1976. … Read More
1977 25 Years Old After the demise of Deep Purple, Coverdale embarked on a solo career. He released his first album in February 1977, titled White Snake. … Read More
1978 26 Years Old In 1978 Coverdale released his second solo album Northwinds, which was received much better than the previous album. … Read More


1982 30 Years Old During 1982 Coverdale took some time off to look after his sick daughter and decided to put Whitesnake on hold. … Read More
1985 33 Years Old In 1985, Sykes and Coverdale started working on new songs for the next album, but Coverdale soon contracted a serious sinus infection that made recording close to impossible for much of 1986 and which had doctors thinking he might never sing again. … Read More
1989 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989 Coverdale recruited Vandenberg to record a new album, Slip of the Tongue. … Read More
1990 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990 Coverdale sang and co-wrote (with Hans Zimmer and Billy Idol) the song "The Last Note of Freedom" for the Tony Scott-film Days of Thunder.


1993 41 Years Old This collaboration resulted in the Coverdale-Page album released in March 1993. … Read More
1994 42 Years Old In 1994 Coverdale assembled a new line-up of Whitesnake (with the exception of Coverdale's musical partner, guitarist Adrian Vandenberg and bassist Rudy Sarzo, both of whom had been in Whitesnake since 1987) to tour for the release of Whitesnake's Greatest Hits album. … Read More
1997 45 Years Old In 1997 Coverdale returned and released Restless Heart (with Vandenberg on guitar). … Read More
2000 48 Years Old In 2000 Coverdale released his first solo album in 22 years, titled Into The Light. … Read More


2002 - 2006 2 More Events
2007 55 Years Old On 1 March 2007, Coverdale became a US citizen, in a ceremony in Reno, Nevada, and now holds dual US/UK citizenship. … Read More
2009 57 Years Old 1 More Event
On 11 August 2009, Whitesnake was playing a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, when Coverdale suffered some kind of vocal injury.
2010 58 Years Old In early February 2010, David Coverdale had announced that his voice had seemed to have fully recovered from the trauma that sidelined him and the band on the Priest tour. … Read More


2015 63 Years Old In May 2015 the band released The Purple Album with cover versions of the songs that Coverdale had originally performed with Deep Purple. … Read More
2016 64 Years Old On 8 April 2016, Coverdale was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Deep Purple, giving one of the band's induction speeches.
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