Although it didn't storm the charts like "Smoke on the Water" did a few years previously, Deep Purple's "Woman From Tokyo" has become one of the band's most recognizable songs over the years (as well as becoming a classic rock radio staple). Since the beginning, most heavy metal bands used distorted guitar riffs to get their point across. And while Purple's guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, was one of the best ever, the band utilized keyboardist Jon Lord's organ flourishes to add to the heaviness -- as evidenced by the song's guitar/organ merger. In the early '70s, Deep Purple was one of the first rock bands from Europe to play in Japan -- where they were just as popular as they were back home and in America. As a tribute to their new Japanese friends, the group penned the song "Woman From Tokyo." Purple's admiration of the progressive side of rock and jamming is heard in the middle of the song, during a dreamy breakdown section, but soon returns back to the song's rocking direction. "Woman From Tokyo" would prove to be one of Purple's last great anthems with singer Ian Gillan, who would leave the band by the end of 1973 to pursue a solo career.