Birth Name: Ian Gillan
Birth Place: Hounslow, London, England
Years Active: 1959–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Blues-rock, Progressive Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz Fusion
Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945 in Hounslow, London) is an English rock music vocalist and songwriter, best known as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple. During his career Gillan had a year-long stint as the vocalist for Black Sabbath and sang the role of Jesus Christ in the original concept recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera ''Jesus Christ Superstar''. Gillan is ranked by ''Hit Parader'' as the forty-third greatest heavy metal singer of all time.
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