Roger David Glover (born 30 November 1945) bassist, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the bassist for hard rock band Deep Purple. Glover wrote the guitar riff on “Maybe I’m a Leo”. As a member of Deep Purple, Glover was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2016.
Glover spent four years (1969–1973) with Deep Purple, during which the band saw their most successful releases in the albums in Rock, Machine Head, Who Do We Think We Are and the live album Made in Japan. He is credited with developing the title for the band’s iconic “Smoke on the Water” song, thus inspiring the song’s lyrics which were written by Ian Gillan. Glover says the title came to him when he awoke from a dream two days after the famous fire over Lake Geneva. While he liked the title, he was reluctant to have the band use it because he initially thought it sounded like a drug song. Glover also developed the guitar riff to “Maybe I’m a Leo”, stating, “I wrote the riff to ‘Maybe I’m a Leo’ after hearing John Lennon’s ‘How Do You Sleep?’.”
Glover departed the band, along with Gillan, after Deep Purple’s second tour of Japan in the summer of 1973.
From 1979 to 1984 he was the bassist, lyricist and producer for Ritchie Blackmore’s band, Rainbow, working on four of the group’s studio albums.
When Deep Purple reformed in April 1984, Glover returned to his old band where he has remained for the last three decades.
With Gov’t Mule at the classic concert The Deepest End:
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and recorded in October 1963, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment.
With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group’s first million seller “She Loves You”, their previous UK single, which was having a resurgence of popularity following intense media coverage of the group.
We wrote a lot of stuff together, one-on-one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in I Want To Hold Your Hand, I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs in the cellar playing on the piano at the same time. And we had, ‘Oh you-u-u… got that something…’ And Paul hits this chord and I turn to him and say, ‘That’s it!’ I said, ‘Do that again!’ In those days, we really used to absolutely write like that – both playing into each other’s nose.
John Lennon, 1980 All We Are Saying, David Sheff
“‘Eyeball to eyeball’ is a very good description of it. That’s exactly how it was. ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ was very co-written. It was our big number one; the one that would eventually break us in America.”
Paul McCartney to Barry Miles, 1994
Taking two weeks to dislodge its predecessor, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” stayed at number 1 for five weeks and remained in the UK top 50 for 21 weeks in total.
John Lennon: vocals, guitar Paul McCartney: vocals, bass George Harrison: lead guitar Ringo Starr: drums
It was also the group’s first American number 1 hit, entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 18 January 1964 at number 45 and starting the British invasion of the American music industry.
Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell
You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it’s just complaining.