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Whitesnake Biography

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Birth Place: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England
Years Active: 1977–1991, 1994, 1997–1998, 2002–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues-rock

Whitesnake is an English rock band, founded in 1977 by David Coverdale after his departure from his previous band, Deep Purple. The band's early material has been compared by critics to Deep Purple but by the mid-1980s Whitesnake had moved away from the early blues influenced hard rock to a more commercial heavy metal style.

Their debut album “Trouble” was released in 1978 and reached #50 on the U.K. Albums chart. The album featured a cover of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” and featured Coverdale's former bandmate Jon Lord from Deep Purple on keyboards.

“Lovehunter” followed in 1979 and peaked at #29 on the UK Albums chart. "Long Way from Home," the opening track on the album, was the first single and reached #55 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The band released “Ready an’ Willing” in 1980 and it peaked at #6 on the UK Albums chart. It was also the band's first to chart outside of the U.K. reaching #90 in the U.S. on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. It featured two of the band's U.K. hit singles, "Fool for Your Loving," which reached #13 and the title-track, "Ready an' Willing (Sweet Satisfaction)," which reached #43. "Fool For Your Loving" peaked at #53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

In 1981 the band released the album “Come an' Get It” which climbed to #2 on the U.K. Album chart and produced the Top 20 hit "Don't Break My Heart Again" and the Top 40 hit "Would I Lie To You."

1982’s “Saints & Sinners” was another Top 10 U.K. album and contained the hit "Here I Go Again." “Slide It In” followed in 1984, again reaching the Top 10 in the U.K. and the Top 40 on the Billboard 200.

The 1987 album “Whitesnake” as a major crossover hit eventually selling over eight million copies in the United States alone, being certified 8x platinum. The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album's biggest hits were the #2 power ballad "Is This Love" and the #1 hit single "Here I Go Again," a re-recording of a song originally on “Saints & Sinners” released in 1982. Other hit singles from the album were "Still of the Night" and "Give Me All Your Love."

Upon its release in 1989, “Slip of the Tongue” sold four million copies and hit #10 on both the U.K. Albums and Billboard 200 Albums charts. The album also spawned three successful singles, a reworking of the band's 1980 classic "Fool for Your Loving," the melodic Top 40 hit "The Deeper the Love" and "Now You're Gone."

In 1997 the band released “Restless Heart” which peaked at #34 on the U.K. Albums chart. A decade later in 2008 they released “Good to Be Bad.” The album reached #8 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart, #62 on Billboard 200 and #7 on the U.K .Albums chart.

Their 11th studio album, “Forevermore” was released in 2011.