May 31, 1980: Whitesnake are Ready an’ Willing

Ready_An'_Willing_albumReady an’ Willing is the third studio album by English hard rock band Whitesnake. It peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart, it was also the band’s first to chart outside of the UK reaching No. 32 in Norway and No. 90 in the US.

The album featured two of the band’s UK single-hits from that year: “Fool for Your Loving” had reached No. 13 in the charts in April 1980, and the title-track, “Ready an’ Willing (Sweet Satisfaction)” made No. 43 in July of the same year. “Fool for Your Loving” would later be re-recorded for the Slip of the Tongue album. The track “Blindman”, initially from David Coverdale’s first solo album, was re-recorded for this album.

On the album were (l-r)Whitesnake-1980-2

David Coverdale – lead and backing vocals; Bernie Marsden – guitars, backing vocals; Neil Murray – bass; Ian Paice – drums; Jon Lord – keyboards; Micky Moody – guitars, backing vocals

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May 9, 1977: David Coverdale releases his White Snake

White_Snake_1977White Snake is the first solo album by David Coverdale. Coverdale would use the album title as the name of his future band, first known as “David Coverdale’s Whitesnake” and soon afterwards shortened to Whitesnake. This album is often incorrectly called Whitesnake and should not be confused with the 1987 album of similar name.

As his first solo effort, Coverdale later admitted: “It’s very difficult to think back and talk sensible about the first album. White Snake had been a very inward looking, reflective and low-key affair in many ways, written and recorded as it was in the aftermath of the collapse of Deep Purple.” [Wikipedia]