Strange Kind of Woman (6:20)

Cover of Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple

From Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple and 111 other releases

Strange Kind of Woman is a song by British rock band Deep Purple, and was originally released as a follow up single after “Black Night” in early 1971. The song also became a hit, peaking at #8 on UK charts, and later appeared on the re-release of their 1971 album Fireball. The track was also released on the US edition of Fireball, in lieu of the UK version’s track Demon’s Eye.)

The song was originally called “Prostitute”. Vocalist Ian Gillan introduced the song on Deep Purple in Concert: “It was about a friend of ours who got mixed up with a very evil woman and it was a sad story. They got married in the end. And a few days after they got married, the lady died.”

When Deep Purple performed the song live, Gillan and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore would play a guitar-vocal duel in the middle. This would always end with an extremely long, high-pitched scream from Gillan, before the band returned to playing the original song.

During the song “You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget,” on Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force’s album Trial by Fire, Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Lynn Turner, who replaced Gillan in Deep Purple around the same time the album was released, pay tribute to Gillan and Blackmore by incorporating this guitar-vocal battle into the song after the guitar solo.

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