'Hush'- Deep Purple

Writer: Joe South

Producer: Derek Lawrence

Recorded: May 1968 in London, England

Released: September 1968

Players: Rod Evans--vocals
Ritchie Blackmore--guitar
Nick Simper--bass
Jon Lord--organ
Ian Paice--drums
Album: Shades Of Deep Purple (Tetragrammaton, 1968)

Deep Purple formed in February 1968 and was originally known as Roundabout. The lineup that recorded "Hush"--informally known as Deep Purple Mach I (singer Rod Evans, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Nick Simper, keyboardist Jon Lord, and drummer Ian Paice)--was finalized in March of 1968.

The group considered calling itself Concrete God but instead chose Deep Purple, reportedly after Blackmore's grandmother's favorite song.

Deep Purple signed with EMI in England and with Tetragrammaton--owned by comedian Bill Cosby--in the U.S.

The group recorded its first album, Shades Of Deep Purple, in one 18-hour session.

"Hush" was written by Joe South and was originally recorded by Billy Joe Royal.

It was released as a single in the U.S. at the suggestion of Tetragrammaton executives.

"Hush" peaked at Number Four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Deep Purple didn't score another chart hit until "Smoke On The Water" in 1973.

Shades Of Deep Purple peaked at Number 24 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Neither the album nor the single charted in the U.K.

To support the first album, Deep Purple began a North American tour in October 1968. But Blackmore contracted hepatitis and the tour was canceled after one gig in Quebec City, Quebec--where Spirit's Randy California subbed for the ailing guitarist.