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Nicholas John Simper (born 3 November 1945, at Frogmore House Maternity Home, Norwood Green, Southall, Middlesex) is a bass guitarist, best known as a founding member of Deep Purple. Biography: Prior to co-founding Deep Purple in 1968, Simper played for a number of bands, including The Renegades (1960-61), The Delta Five (1961-63), Some Other Guys (1963-64), Buddy Britten & The Regents renamed Simon Raven Cult (1964-66) and Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. Unfortunately within a few months of joining, Kidd and Simper were involved in a car crash that took Kidd's life. After recovering Simper briefly reactivated The Pirates (1966-67) before joining the Garden, the backing band for The Flower Pot Men (1967-68), where he played alongside Jon Lord. He also had a brief spell with Lord Sutch's Savages, a band that previously had included Ritchie Blackmore. Simper was fired from Deep Purple in mid 1969, when new singer Ian Gillan requested that bassist Roger Glover join as well. When Deep Purple were starting, Simper had proposed that Gillan join as a singer. Gillan is said to have told him that Deep Purple wouldn't go anywhere, while Episode Six (Gillan's band at the time) would make it big. After his departure, he briefly worked with Marsha Hunt before forming his own band Warhorse, that recorded two albums for Vertigo. Warhorse was managed by Ron Hire, originally part of HEC Enterprises, the original investors in Deep Purple. During this time Simper also played on a Lord Sutch live album, along with Ritchie Blackmore, Keith Moon and several other luminaries. For Warhorse, as with so many bands, the important breakthrough of a big selling album hadn't occurred. There was very strong interest from Warner Bros, with their senior A&R rep (Dave Dee) doing his utmost to sign the band to the label. At Warner Bros expense, they went into the studio and recorded two tracks but in the end it came down to a straight choice between Warhorse and The Heavy Metal Kids. By 1974 crippling finances signalled the end for the band. Warhorse's last gig in late '74 was at Polhill College, Bedford. Unfortunately their 2000-Watt Midas P.A. broke down and despite the best efforts of their roadie and managers it couldn't be made to perform properly. They tried, and performed a B.B.King song (Three O'clock In The Morning) to see if they could manage some kind of performance, but it was impossible and they made their apologies to the audience and left. Simper and guitarist Pete Parks spent the next three years writing, recording and initially formed a new band, called Nick Simper's Dynamite (1975) that released one, now very rare single. On 9 October 1976 Simper took part in the Johnny Kidd 10th Anniversary Memorial Show at the Edwardian Club at the Loughborough Hotel in Brixton. With no financial backing, along with Parks, Simper managed to get Nick Simper's Fandango (1977-83) off the ground and released two albums. Around the same time Frankie Reid formed the band Flying Fox (1977-84) with Carlo Little, Simper and Parks to play rock 'n' roll whenever they were free from commitments from their other bands. After Little's departure the band renamed itself The Good Old Boys (1985-present). In the mid nineties, Mick Underwood (ex-The Herd, Episode Six, Gillan) invited Simper to become part of the reactivated Quatermass, which had released one album on Harvest in 1970. Under the guise of Quatermass II (1994-97) they recorded one album. In 2007 Simper also joined the line-up of Adelle & Co with Parks, Adelle Kirk, Jim Byers and Richard Hudson. Since launching his own website in 2000s, Simper has renewed his contact with a wider audience. The renaissance of his work has led to a one-off reunion of Warhorse in 2003 (and also 2005); and an appearance at the Deep Purple Convention in Bedford in May 2008 to mark the 40th anniversary of Deep Purple's inception. This performance was released in July 2009. During a gig in Austria in 2007 Simper performed the Deep Purple song "Emmaretta" with the support band Nasty Habits. In March 2009 Simper again performed with Nasty Habits in Austria. The band played a setlist composed of songs from the first three Deep Purple studio albums under the guise of "The Deep Purple Mark One Songbook". The album was released on August 16, 2010. Later that year Nick Simper & Nasty Habits played another DP Mk1 Songbook show in Plock, Poland. In 2010 Simper and Nasty Habits played more shows presenting "The Deep Purple Mark One Songbook" in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Poland and an album is in the making. The Budapest show was recorded for future release.

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