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Maybe I'm a Leo on Wikipedia
"Maybe I'm a Leo"
Maybe I'm a Leo.pngCover of the 1973 Australia single
Song by Deep Purple from the album Machine Head
ReleasedMarch 1972
Recorded6–21 December 1971, Montreux, Switzerland
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Warner Bros.
Writer(s)Ritchie Blackmore
Ian Gillan
Roger Glover
Jon Lord
Ian Paice
Producer(s)Deep Purple
Machine Head track listing

"Maybe I'm a Leo" is a song by the British rock group Deep Purple, from their 1972 album Machine Head.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Roger Glover says: "I wrote the riff to "Maybe I’m a Leo" after hearing John Lennon’s "How Do You Sleep?". I liked the idea that the riff didn’t start on the down beat, like 99% of riffs do. Most of the songs on Machine Head were from the first take, or not long after."[1]

Singer Ian Gillan is a Leo (born 19 August), the only group member at the time with that astrological sign.

The song was rarely played by the band live, but three live recordings of it have been released on albums, Deep Purple in Concert, recorded in 1972, Live at the Olympia '96, and Live at Montreux 2011.

The SACD version of Machine Head has an alternative guitar solo on "Maybe I'm a Leo".


  • Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
  • Ian Gillan – vocals
  • Roger Glover – bass guitar
  • Jon Lord – keyboards
  • Ian Paice – drums

Cover versions

  • The Atomic Bitchwax on their album 3.
  • Gov't Mule on The Deep End, Volume 1 in which Roger Glover made a guest appearance.
  • Javier Malosetti Electrohope on Ten
  • Paul Gilbert on Smoke on the Water, a Tribute to Deep Purple
  • Van Halen used to perform the song during their early concerts.
  • Glenn Hughes, Luis Maldonado & Chad Smith on Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head


  1. ^ "questiontime". Roger Glover official site. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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