High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Whitesnake are an English rock band, founded in 1978 by David Coverdale after his departure from his previous band, Deep Purple. The band`s early material has been compared by critics to Deep Purple, but by the mid 1980s they had moved to a more commercial hard rock style. The band`s 1987 self-titled album was their most commercially successful, and contained two of their most recognisable songs, "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love". In 2005, Whitesnake was named the 85th greatest hard rock band of all time by VH1.