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Ian Gillan


Former vocalist for the Javelins and Episode Six, Ian Gillan joined Deep Purple in 1969. They recorded the legendary albums "Deep Purple In Rock", "Fireball", "Machine Head" and "Who Do We Think We Are", as well as a number of live albums. He left Deep Purple in 1973 due to differences with guitarist 'Ritchie Blackmore', as well as exhaustion due ... See full bio »

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Deep Purple: Machine Head (S4, Ep2)
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Known For

Twister Soundtrack
(1996)
Point Break Soundtrack
(1991)
Rain Man Soundtrack
(1988)
Breaking the Waves Soundtrack
(1996)

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 2018 The Expanse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Delta-V (2018) ... ("Highway Star")
 2018 Gotti (writer: "Smoke On the Water")
 2015-2018 Ash vs Evil Dead (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- The Mettle of Man (2018) ... (writer: "Space Trucking")
- Bait (2015) ... (writer: "Highway Star" - uncredited)
- El Jefe (2015) ... (writer: "Space Truckin' (1997 Remix)" - uncredited)
 2018 The Week Of (writer: "Highway Star")
 2017 Tähdet, tähdet (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Finaali (2017) ... (writer: "Highway Star")
- Stadionrock (2017) ... (writer: "Highway Star")
 2017 Love You More (TV Short) (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
  Twoja twarz brzmi znajomo (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2017) (music - 1 episode, 2017)
- Episode #8.7 (2017) ... (lyrics: "Smoke on the Water") / (music: "Smoke on the Water")
 2017 Transparent (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- They Is on the Way (2017) ... (performer: "The Last Supper" - uncredited)
 2015-2017 Better Call Saul (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Slip (2017) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
- Switch (2016) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
- Marco (2015) ... (writer: "Smoke On The Water" - uncredited)
- Hero (2015) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2017 Prime Suspect 1973 (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (2017) ... (writer: "Demon's Eye")
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... (writer: "Demon's Eye" - as Gillan)
 2017 Coronation Street (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9082 (2017) ... (writer: "Black Night")
 2016 Scream Queens (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Drain the Swamp (2016) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2016 Rainbow: Memories in Rock (Video) (writer: "Highway Star", "Perfect Strangers", "Child In Time", "Woman From Tokyo", "Black Night", "Smoke On The Water")
 2016 Top Gear (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #23.1 (2016) ... (writer: "Highway Star" - uncredited)
 2016 The Brontes at the BBC (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2015 Rock the Kasbah (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2015 Bates Motel (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Persuasion (2015) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2015 Bloodline (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Part 6 (2015) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2014 Avis de mistral (writer: "Highway Star (1997 Roger Glover Remix)")
 2014/I Tommy (writer: "Child in Time" - as Gillan)
 2013 Deep Purple: Perfect Strangers Live (Video) (writer: "Highway Star", "Nobody's Home", "Strange Kind Of Woman", "A Gypsy's Kiss", "Perfect Strangers", "Under The Gun", "Knocking At Your Backdoor", "Lazy", "Child In Time", "Space Truckin'", "Black Night", "Speed King", "Smoke On The Water")
 2013 Tim's Vermeer (Documentary) (writer: "Smoke On The Water" - uncredited)
 2013 Rainbow: Black Masquerade (Video) (writer: "Black Night", "Perfect Strangers", "Smoke On The Water")
 2013 Futurama (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 2-D Blacktop (2013) ... (writer: "Highway Star")
 2013 Serial Zavod (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Valer'yanka (2013) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2012 Dark Shadows (writer: "Highway Star (Roger Glover remix)")
 2011 Metal Evolution (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Early Metal UK (2011) ... (writer: "Highway Star", "Speed King", "Hard Loving Man", "Child in Time", "Smoke on the Water")
- Pre-Metal (2011) ... (writer: "Speed King")
 2011 A Gang Story (writer: "BLACK NIGHT")
 2011 Machine Gun Preacher (writer: "Child in Time")
 2010 No me la puc treure del cap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- L'àguila negra (2010) ... (writer: "Highway Star")
 2006-2010 Supernatural (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Two and a Half Men (2010) ... (writer: "Smoke On the Water")
- No Exit (2006) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2010 Formula 1: BBC Sport (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Belgian Grand Prix (2010) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2010 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Mark Wahlberg/Cory Kahaney/VV Brown (2010) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2010 Bones (writer: "Space Truckin")
 2009 Guitar Hero: Van Halen (Video Game) (writer: "Space Truckin")
 2009 Atop the Fourth Wall (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bimbos in Time #1 (2009) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2009 CSI: NY (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hammer Down (2009) ... (writer: "Highway Star" - uncredited)
 2009 Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (Video Game) ("Highway Star", uncredited)
  Two and a Half Men (TV Series) (1 episode, 2004) (writer - 1 episode, 2009)
- Laxative Tester, Horse Inseminator (2009) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
- Hey, I Can Pee Outside in the Dark (2004) ... ("Smoke on the Water", uncredited)
 2009 Guitar Hero 5 (Video Game) (writer: "Woman From Tokyo ('99 Remix)")
 2009 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Rock 'n' Roll Anthems (2009) ... (writer: "Smoke On The Water")
 2006-2009 Rage (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Rage Wild Card Special III (2009) ... (writer: "Trashed")
- Zakk Wylde Guest Programs Rage (2006) ... (writer: "Trashed")
 2009 The Damned United (writer: "Flight of the Rat (Roger Glover Remix)")
 2009 Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (Video Game) ("Highway Star", uncredited)
 2008 Packed to the Rafters (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Taking the Lead (2008) ... (writer: "Smoke On The Water")
 2007 Rock Band (Video Game) (writer: "Highway Star")
 2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Cockroaches (2007) ... (writer: "Highway Star" - uncredited)
 2007 Stromberg (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Herr Loermann (2007) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2007 Medium (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 1-900-Lucky (2007) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2007 Criminal Minds (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- No Way Out (2007) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2006 Rock'n Roll Never Dies (writer: "Smoke On the Water")
 2006 Veronica Mars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Wichita Linebacker (2006) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2006 I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- 1973 (2006) ... (writer: "Smoke On the Water")
 2006 UFC 59: Reality Check (TV Special) (writer: "Bluesy Blue Sea" - uncredited)
 2000-2006 The Sopranos (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Join the Club (2006) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
- Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office (2000) ... (writer: "Smoke On The Water" - uncredited)
 2006 My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dad's Car (2006) ... (writer: "Highway Star" - uncredited)
 2006 The Goodbye Kiss (lyrics: "Smoke on the Water" (1972)) / (music: "Smoke on the Water" (1972))
 2006 Deep Purple: Live in California 1974 (Video) (writer: "Smoke On The Water", "Space Truckin'")
 2006 Life on Mars (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... (writer: "No One Came", "Lazy" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... (writer: "Rat Rat Blue", "Fireball" - uncredited)
 2005 11er Haus (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Freie Liebe (2005) ... (writer: "Black Night" - uncredited)
 2005 Guitar Hero (Video Game) (writer: "Smoke On the Water")
 2005 Deep Purple: Live in Concert 1972/73 (Video) (writer: "Highway Star", "Strange Kind Of Woman", "Child In Time", "The Mule", "Lazy", "Space Truckin'", "Fireball", "Black Night", "Smoke On The Water")
 2005 Lords of Dogtown (writer: "Space Truckin'")
 2004 Wolf (writer: "Highway Star")
 2004 Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2004 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Reese Joins the Army: Part 1 (2004) ... (writer: "Smoke On The Water (ChaChaCha)")
 2002-2003 Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Top 35 #5 (2003) ... (writer: "Speed King")
- Top 48 #1 (2002) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2003 School of Rock ("Smoke On The Water")
 2003 Sex and the City (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Post-It Always Sticks Twice (2003) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2003 Have I Got News for You (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #25.3 (2003) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2002 Classic Albums (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Deep Purple: Machine Head (2002) ... (writer: "Smoke On The Water")
 2002 7th Heaven (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Holy War: Part 1 (2002) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2002 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Weekend at Burnsie's (2002) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2002 Special Unit 2 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Love (2002) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 2001 If I Were You (writer: "Smoke On The Water")
 2000 Wild About Harry (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 2000 Teeth (writer: "Child in Time" - as Gillan)
 1999-2000 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Tenth Anniversary (2000) ... (writer: "Smoke on Water" - uncredited)
- Cousin Gerard (1999) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - uncredited)
 1999 One Day in September (Documentary) (writer: "Child in Time")
 1999 East Is East (writer: "Strange Kind of Woman" (1971) - as Gillan)
 1998-1999 That '70s Show (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Stolen Car (1999) ... (writer: "Highway Star")
- The Keg (1998) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
- That '70s Pilot (1998) ... (writer: "Space Truckin'")
 1998 A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (writer: "Fireball")
 1998 23 (writer: "Child in Time")
 1998 God, Sex & Apple Pie (writer: "Black Night" - as Gillan)
 1997 ECW Barely Legal (TV Special) (writer: "Perfect Strangers")
 1997 Private Parts (writer: "Smoke On The Water")
 1996 Breaking the Waves (writer: "Child in Time")
 1996/I Twister (writer: "Child In Time")
 1981-1995 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Episode dated 12 January 1995 (1995) ... (writer: "Black Night")
- Episode dated 4 February 1982 (1982) ... (writer: "Restless")
- Episode dated 21 January 1982 (1982) ... (writer: "Restless")
- Episode dated 12 February 1981 (1981) ... (writer: "Mutually Assured Destruction")
 1989-1994 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- High School Big Shot (1994) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
- 'Manos' the Hands of Fate (1993) ... (writer: "Smoke of the Water" (as "Smoke on the Weirdo") - uncredited)
- The Magic Sword (1992) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
- The Legend of Dinosaurs (1989) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
- Superdome (1989) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 1994 Deep Purple: Come Hell or High Water (Video documentary) (writer: "Highway Star", "Black Night", "Talk About Love", "Twist In The Tale", "Perfect Strangers", "Knocking At Your Back Door", "Anyone's Daughter", "Child In Time", "Anya", "The Battle Rages On", "Lazy", "Space Truckin'", "Woman From Tokyo", "Smoke On The Water")
 1994 The Stöned Age (writer: "Highway Star")
 1993 Rock N' Roll Racing (Video Game) (writer: "Highway Star" - uncredited)
 1993 Dazed and Confused (writer: "Highway Star")
 1993 Made in America ("Smoke On The Water")
 1992 Crossing the Bridge (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 1991 Point Break (writer: "Smoke on the Water" - as Ian Gillian)
 1988 Rain Man (performer: "Lonely Avenue" (1956))
 1986 Biggles: Adventures in Time (lyrics: "KNOCKING AT YOUR BACK DOOR") / (music: "KNOCKING AT YOUR BACK DOOR")
 1985 Pål Pressli Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Rök över vattnet (1985) ... (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 1985 Iron Maiden: Behind the Iron Curtain (Video documentary) (writer: "Smoke On The Water (Live)" - as Gillan)
 1985 Deep Purple Rises Over Japan (TV Special) (writer: "Smoke On The Water", "Highway Star")
 1984 Rainbow: Japan Tour (Video) (writer: "Smoke On The Water")
 1982 Rainbow: Live Between the Eyes (Video documentary) (writer: "Smoke On The Water")
 1981 Iltatähti (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 29 December 1981 (1981) ... (writer: "No Laughing in Heaven")
 1980 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Airplane Show (1980) ... (writer: "Space Truckin'" - uncredited)
 1980 Monsters of Rock at Castle Donnington: Rainbow (TV Short) (writer: "Lazy")
 1978 Mountain Pass (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 1977 Die Vorstadtkrokodile (TV Movie) (writer: "Fools")
 1974 Countdown (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1974) ... (writer: "Black Night")
 1974 Alice in the Cities (writer: "Smoke on the Water")
 1970 Deep Purple: Doing Their Thing (TV Short) (writer: "Speed King", "Child In Time")
 1968 Les bicyclettes de Belsize (Short) (performer: "Gentleman Of The Park")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album "What I Did on My Vacation" See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 1 Article | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site

Alternate Names:

Gillan | Deep Purple | Episode Six

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

We spent a long time learning the craft of songwriting, Roger Glover and I, for a few years before we joined Deep Purple. You learn about the percussive value of words, and you learn about rhyme and meter. You learn that you can't transform a poem into a song lyric, mostly because the spoken shape of words is different than the sung shape of words. You wouldn't use the vowel 'U' or the vowel ... See more »

Trivia:

Recording the retrospective album ("Gillan's Inn") covering 40 years in rock business. Due to be released later that year. The recording started probably around mid Feb and lasted until April. See more »

Trademark:

High-pitched vocal scream

Nickname:

Papa G

Star Sign:

Leo

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