David Coverdale
English singer-songwriter
David Coverdale
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.
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Tawny Kitaen Reveals The Move She Can Still Do From Those Whitesnake Music Videos (VIDEO)
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In the mid-1980s, when music videos reigned supreme, there was one particular video girl whose work stood out among the vast sea of guitar solos and big-hair tosses -- and remains just as memorable decades later. Tawny Kitaen was a twenty-something actress at the time, and had just earned her big break in the 1984 film "Bachelor Party," opposite Tom Hanks. Following the film's release, Kitaen met David Coverdale, the lead singer of Whitesnake, a band whose music videos would catapult her to lasting stardom. The two became romantically involved, and Kitaen soon appeared in several of Whitesnake's music videos, including those for "Here I Go Again," "Is This Love" and "Still of the Night." "When we shot the first couple of videos, we were in a serious relationship," Kitaen says of Coverdale, whom she later married. "Here I Go Again" may be Kitaen's most famous music video appearance. In it, she danced, slithered and did the splits across the hood of two luxury cars, solidifying ...
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Michael Sigman: Carol Miller On 40 Years In Rock And Her Cancer Battle: 'Face The Truth With A Sense Of Humor'
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"I thought Steven Tyler was dead." That opening line from veteran New York DJ Carol Miller's new memoir "Up All Night, My Life and Times in Rock Radio" suggests yet another saga of sex, drugs and rock & roll in the music business. But Miller's encounter with Tyler, in which she sleeps near but not with him, foreshadows a far more compelling story: a story of thriving for 40 years in an industry with a half-life that's often measured in months, a story of a woman's heroic struggle with two kinds of cancer. For total-immersion rock & roll debauchery, you'll want "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?" Tyler's hilarious 2011 memoir, which overflows with the Aerosmith frontman's picaresque postcards from the edge. Don't get me wrong. There's plenty of excitement, musical and extra-musical, in "Up All Night." Miller's professional journey -- from early '70s progressive radio at Philadelphia's WMMR to AOR (Album Oriented Rock)/Classic Rock at NY's powerhouse WPLJ ...
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Gallery: Whitesnake 'Forevermore' Tour Pictures - Ultimate Classic Rock
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David Coverdale founded Whitesnake way back in 1978, and as you can see from these recent concert pictures, 33 years later the lion maned front man and his smooth, iconic voice are still front and center. The band's latest incarnation, featuring the
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Whitesnake, Tesla and Sebastian Bach Join Forces at Jones Beach - Patch.com
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Credit: Wikimedia.org David Coverdale first came to the attention of the general public in 1973, when he took over for Ian Gillan as lead singer of Deep Purple. Coverdale was not well received and in fact, many Deep Purple fans saw him as a poor
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Lightening Entertainment Attends Whitesnake Concert In Atlantic City NJ - Music Indistry News Network
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David Coverdale an amazing front man with a huge stage presence still reaching the high notes with no effort mesmerized the audience once again as the ladies were throwing lingerie to the stage! Among the happy concertgoers Lightening Entertainment's
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Good Company - Sault Star
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Whitesnake, including guitarist Doug Aldrich (far left) and legendary vocalist David Coverdale (centre), released a new album, Forevermore, earlier this year. By Jeffrey Ougler Fear of flubbing a guitar lick didn't have Doug Aldrich shaking all over
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QUEENSRŸCHE Frontman Talks Wine In New Interview - Aug. 15, 2011 - Blabbermouth.net
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Radio Metal: David Coverdale from WHITESNAKE has his own brand of wine and James Maynard Keenan from the band TOOL produces his own wine in Arizona. Have you by any chance tasted their wine? Geoff Tate: Yes, I tasted several bottles of Maynard's wine
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Whitesnake, last night at the Midland - Pitch Weekly
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With David Coverdale in front of a rotating cast of characters, the band trudged through the '80s in a mist of dry ice and hit singles. The crowd that showed up to see Whitesnake at the Midland last night was similarly hard to pin down
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Whitesnake, Cinderella to rock Tag's this weekend - Corning Leader
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David Coverdale and Whitesnake will rock Tag's in Big Flats on Sunday, Aug. 14. Showtime is 7:30 pm By Anonymous Whitesnake and Cinderella will play a doubleheader on the summer stage at Tag's on Sunday night. The gates will open at 6 pm,
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Whitesnake keeps charming fans 'Forevermore' - NewsOK.com
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The venerable rock band, which frontman David Coverdale founded in 1977, is touring in support of its 11th studio album and playing shows this week in Newkirk, Concho and Durant. Oklahoma fans can expect the group to perform rock favorites such as
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Auntie's over-fed those cats again - News of the World
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By Guy Basnett & David Coverdale THE BLOATED BBC is covering up soaring numbers of senior fatcats earning more than £100000, we can reveal. The corporation will boast this week that the number of "senior managers" earning six figures has fallen 14 per
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DVD/Music reviews: Deep Purple, Primal Scream, My Dying Bride - Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)
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It would have been better if David Coverdale and Ian Paice were on hand to give their views of the entire saga. Coverdale does appear in a disclaimer at the end. Paice, it should be pointed out, is the only member of Deep Purple that was in both the
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David Coverdale to Drink Volcanic Water from Fiji in Bulgaria - Novinite.com
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Famed singer and Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale during the 2011 Forevermore world tour set to come to Sofia July 8. Photo by Whitesnake.com Rock legends Judas Priest and Whitesnake are preparing for their July 8 gig in Sofia, Bulgaria,
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Queued Up: Hot Discs For A Sweltering Summer - Aquarian Weekly
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I don't begrudge David Coverdale his success because I thought the band should have been huge with Slide It In and their more classic sound. The live incarnation captured on the Live At Donington 1990 concert video is what I call Fake Snake
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Rare Deep Purple Footage Surfaces - Ultimate-Guitar.Com
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Purple will release "Phoenix Rising", a two-hour-plus documentary set focusing on the band's time with David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes and Tommy Bolin, on June 28. The disc includes a 90-minute documentary featuring extensive interviews with keyboardist
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Coverdale
  • 2016
    Age 64
    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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  • 2015
    Age 63
    In May 2015 the band released The Purple Album with cover versions of the songs that Coverdale had originally performed with Deep Purple.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed by a tour. In 2016 Whitesnake will embark on the "Great Hits" tour in selective cities in North America and Europe.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He stated he had been recording new demos, aiming for a new Whitesnake album, and that on tape his voice was sounding full and strong. Whitesnake studio album Forevermore was released on 25 March 2011, with Aldrich and Beach on board.
  • 2009
    Age 57
    After seeing a specialist, it was announced on 12 August 2009 that Coverdale had been suffering from severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion.
    More Details Hide Details The remainder of their tour with Judas Priest was cancelled so that this injury would not worsen.
    On 11 August 2009, Whitesnake was playing a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, when Coverdale suffered some kind of vocal injury.
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  • 2007
    Age 55
    On 1 March 2007, Coverdale became a US citizen, in a ceremony in Reno, Nevada, and now holds dual US/UK citizenship.
    More Details Hide Details He has lived near Lake Tahoe, Nevada for more than 20 years.
  • 2006
    Age 54
    In June 2006, Coverdale signed a new record deal with Steamhammer Records.
    More Details Hide Details The first release under the new contract was the double live album Live: In the Shadow of the Blues (released 27 November 2006), the album also contained 4 brand new studio tracks written by Coverdale and Aldrich. In 2008 the band (with new bassist and drummer) released its first new studio album in over 10 years titled Good to Be Bad. The band toured the album extensively. Also in 2008, Whitesnake embarked on a European Tour as part of a double bill with fellow Yorkshire rockers Def Leppard. In 2009, Whitesnake toured with Judas Priest on the British Steel 30th Anniversary Tour.
  • 2002
    Age 50
    In December 2002, Coverdale re-reformed Whitesnake for an American and European tour, with Tommy Aldridge on drums, Marco Mendoza (bass), Doug Aldrich (guitar), Reb Beach (guitar) and keyboardist Timothy Drury. 2004–2005 saw Whitesnake embark on a tour of the United States, South America and Europe.
    More Details Hide Details A live DVD, shot during the 2004 tour at the legendary Hammersmith Apollo was released in February 2006.
  • 2000
    Age 48
    In 2000 Coverdale released his first solo album in 22 years, titled Into The Light.
    More Details Hide Details Even though the album was not a hit, it did return Coverdale to the music business.
  • 1997
    Age 45
    In 1997 Coverdale returned and released Restless Heart (with Vandenberg on guitar).
    More Details Hide Details The album was originally supposed to be Coverdale's solo album, but the record company forced it to be released under the moniker "David Coverdale & Whitesnake". The tour was billed as Whitesnake's farewell tour, during which Coverdale and Vandenberg played two unplugged shows (one in Japan and the other for VH1). The first of the two shows was released the next year under the title Starkers in Tokyo. After the Restless Heart-tour ended, Coverdale once again folded Whitesnake and took another short break from music.
  • 1994
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The band again broke up after the tour. After this Coverdale once again retreated from the music business, for three years.
  • 1993
    Age 41
    This collaboration resulted in the Coverdale-Page album released in March 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The album was a hit all over the world reaching number 4 in the UK and number 5 in the US, and was certified Platinum in the US on 7 April 1995, but the US tour for the album had to be cancelled due to slow ticket sales. After a limited Japanese tour, Coverdale and Page parted ways. In part, the problem had been the comparison to Robert Plant who had fronted Led Zeppelin, as vocalist, with Jimmy Page. Some of their audience criticised Coverdale, feeling he was merely a Plant clone; Plant himself referred to the team-up as ‘David Cover-version’. Others felt the short-lived collaboration only served to inspire Page to once again hook up with Plant, a year later.
  • 1990
    Age 38
    On 26 September 1990, after the last show on the Slip of the Tongue tour in Tokyo, Coverdale disbanded Whitesnake indefinitely.
    More Details Hide Details Tired of the business in general, the rigors of touring and troubled by his separation and later divorce from Tawny Kitaen, Coverdale wanted to find other values in life and took "private time to reflect" and re-assess his career direction. In the early spring of 1991, a collaboration was set up with guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame. Both parties have said that the collaboration revitalised them on many levels.
    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.
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  • 1989
    Age 37
    Coverdale's second marriage was to former model and actress Tawny Kitaen, from 17 February 1989 until they divorced two years later, in April 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Kitaen was known for her provocative appearances in Whitesnake's music videos for "Here I Go Again", "Is This Love" and "Still of the Night." Since 1997, he has lived with his third wife, Cindy, an author (The Food That Rocks); they have one son named Jasper.
    In 1989 Coverdale recruited Vandenberg to record a new album, Slip of the Tongue.
    More Details Hide Details Vandenberg co-wrote the entire album with Coverdale, but a wrist injury sidelined him from contributing the solo guitar work. Fellow virtuoso Steve Vai was recruited, re-recording most of Vandenberg's existing parts and finishing the album. Upon release, it was a great commercial success in Europe and the US. The album peaked at number 10 in the US, and has achieved platinum status. Critical response was mixed, with Allmusic critics Steve Erlwine and Greg Prato noting that despite high sales, Slip of the Tongue "was a considerable disappointment after the across-the-board success of Whitesnake". The following tour, for which Vandenberg returned to play along with Vai, cemented Whitesnake's reputation as a giant in the world of hard rock. The tour continued until the end of 1990. At that point, Coverdale had grown uncomfortable with the entity he felt Whitesnake had become, and admitted that he got "caught up in it". In one interview, Coverdale stated: "It got louder and louder, and so did I, to the point now where I have to get dressed up like a "girly man" and tease ones questionable bangs or hair and it's all becoming a bit... boring."
  • 1985
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Coverdale eventually recovered, and recordings were continued. But before their upcoming album was fully recorded and released, Coverdale had dismissed Sykes from the band. The split with Sykes was, reportedly, not amicable. In many period interviews, Coverdale stated that the next album was a make-or-break album for Whitesnake, and if not successful he would disband Whitesnake altogether. During 1987 and 1988, North America was finally won over, with the multi-platinum self-titled Whitesnake album, co-written for the most part with now-departed Sykes, but including guitar virtuoso Adrian Vandenberg, as a session musician. The 1987 album has sold 8 times platinum since its release, propelled by hit singles such as "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love", and finally made Whitesnake a bona fide concert headliner in North America. Through the late 80s and early 90s, caught in the "hair-band" era, Coverdale kept Whitesnake going with great success despite changing line-ups.
  • 1982
    Age 30
    During 1982 Coverdale took some time off to look after his sick daughter and decided to put Whitesnake on hold.
    More Details Hide Details When David Coverdale returned to music he reformed the band, which thereafter recorded the album Saints & Sinners. In 1982, according to British heavy metal magazine Kerrang! Coverdale was considered for the vocalist position with Black Sabbath following the departure of Ronnie James Dio. Coverdale declined. Whitesnake gained significant popularity in the UK, Europe, and Asia, but North American success remained elusive. In 1984, the album Slide It In dented the US charts (reaching #40), but not enough to be considered a hit. In time for the US release of Slide It In, Coverdale made a calculated attempt at updating Whitesnake's sound and look by recruiting guitarist John Sykes from the remnants of Thin Lizzy. Sykes brought a more contemporary, aggressive guitar sound with him and had stage manners to match. The last remaining Deep Purple connections were severed when Jon Lord left after recording Slide It In to re-form Deep Purple. (Ian Paice had left Whitesnake in 1982.)
  • 1978
    Age 26
    In 1978 Coverdale released his second solo album Northwinds, which was received much better than the previous album.
    More Details Hide Details But before the album's release, he had already formed a new band. After recording Northwinds, Coverdale soon formed the band Whitesnake, where Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody played guitar. This was originally a touring band for Coverdale's first solo album, it soon developed into a full-time band. In early 1978, the band released the Snakebite EP, which was later repackaged as a full album (titled Snakebite, released in June 1978), with the B-side taken from Coverdale's Northwinds album. For the follow-up album, Trouble, Coverdale was joined by his former Deep Purple colleague, keyboardist Jon Lord. For Whitesnake's 1980 album, Ready an' Willing, drummer Ian Paice also joined the group. Ready an' Willing also featured the band's biggest hit up to that point, the song "Fool for Your Loving", which reached No. 13 on the British charts and No. 53 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Ready an' Willing was followed up by the even more successful Come an' Get It in 1981.
  • 1977
    Age 25
    After the demise of Deep Purple, Coverdale embarked on a solo career. He released his first album in February 1977, titled White Snake.
    More Details Hide Details All songs were written by Coverdale and guitarist Micky Moody. As his first solo effort, Coverdale later admitted: "It's very difficult to think back and talk sensibly about the first album. White Snake had been a very inward looking, reflective and low-key affair in many ways, written and recorded as it was in the aftermath of the collapse of Deep Purple." Even though the album was not successful, its title inspired the name of Coverdale's future band.
  • 1976
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Said Coverdale in an interview: "I was frightened to leave the band. Purple was my life, Purple gave me my break, but all the same I wanted out."
  • 1975
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1974
    Age 22
    Coverdale was first married in 1974 to Julia Borkowski from Germany, and their daughter Jessica was born in 1978.
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    In April 1974, Coverdale and Deep Purple performed to over 200,000 fans on his first trip to the United States at California Jam.
    More Details Hide Details In December 1974 Burn was followed-up by Stormbringer, which also ranked at Gold album status in the US and the UK. The funk and soul influences of the previous record were even more prominent here, and this was one of the reasons why guitarist Ritchie Blackmore left the band in June 1975. Rather than disbanding, Coverdale was instrumental in persuading the band to continue with American guitarist Tommy Bolin (of Billy Cobham and The James Gang fame). As Jon Lord put it, "David Coverdale came up to me and said, 'Please keep the band together.' David played me the album that Tommy did with Billy Cobham.
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A collaboration with Jimmy Page resulted in a 1993 album that was a commercial and critical success.
  • 1969
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1951
    Coverdale was born on 22 September 1951, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Riding of Yorkshire, England.
    More Details Hide Details His love for music developed early. Around the age of 14, the aspiring singer began performing professionally and developing the voice which made him famous. "I don't think my voice had broken," he explained to Sounds in 1974. "And that's when I first learnt how to sing with my stomach, which sounds silly, but it's totally different from a normal voice." Coverdale started his performing career with the local bands Vintage 67 (1966–68), The Government (1968–72) and Fabulosa Brothers (1972–73). In 1973, Coverdale saw an article in a copy of Melody Maker, which said that Deep Purple was auditioning for singers to replace Ian Gillan.
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