Hard to believe that it was 33 years ago on April 7, 1987, that David Coverdale & Co. released their self-titled Whitesnake album. Even harder to believe was that it was Whitesnake's seventh album. After David Coverdale left Deep Purple in !976, he embarked on a short-lived solo career during which he released two solo albums. In !978, Coverdale, along with guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, formed Whitesnake.

Whitesnake had an ever-rotating line-up(it was rare to have the exact same musicians play on two albums in a row). Some line-ups even included Coverdale's former Deep Purple mates Jon Lord(Keyboards) and Ian Paice(drums). And although they had limited success in their native England, it wasn't until 1983's Slide It In album dented the U.S. charts that they finally saw a degree of international success. With songs like, "Slow An' Easy", "Love Ain't No Stranger", and the title track gaining major airplay on Rock radio, Slide It In set the stage for 1987's Whitesnake album.

With great songs such as the huge power ballad, "Is This Love"(making it as high as #2 on the US charts), rock radio smash, "Still of the Night", and #1 US chart hit, "Here I Go Again", Whitesnake was an almost guaranteed success.

Of course, these were the peak years for MTV, and Whitesnake had videos for the music channel to play. And play them they did. Some of those videos featured Coverdale's girlfriend(soon to be wife, though they divorced in in 1991) Tawny Kitaen in some...let's just say provocative poses....

Happy Anniversary Whitesnake! Thanks for helping me get through the last years of high school!


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