Ian Gillan of Deep Purple was born August 19, 1945. The band formed in the spring of 1968 and replaced orginal lead singer Rod Evans with Gillan a year later when Deep Purple decided to pursue a "heavier" direction. In addition to solo projects and several reunions with Deep Purple, Ian would also have a brief stint in Black Sabbath in the early 80s. Gillan performed the role of Jesus in the original recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar". Deep Purple was nominated for the Rock Hall Of Fame in 2013 and also released a new album Now What?! earlier this year.