Established by former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale in London in 1977, Whitesnake toiled in minor obscurity during the first part of their career. For a good portion of the late 1970s, Whitesnake toured Europe and Japan in support of its Snakebite EP and debut full-length album Trouble, released in 1978. The group's first British hit was "Fool For Your Loving" in 1980, followed by "In The Heart Of The City". The album Saints and Sinners in 1982 featured the original version of one of Whitesnake's most famous songs, "Here I Go Again".
Not until after Coverdale took time off to attend to a family illness and subsequently reformed Whitesnake did the band begin to achieve success in the United States. The 1984 Whitesnake lineup sounded refreshed and revitalized, releasing an album entitled Slide It In, including the single "Is This Love?". Slide It In would become the group's first platinum album. 1987's self-titled Whitesnake did even better, selling more than eight million copies in the United States and peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Coverdale formed a completely new version of Whitesnake for 1989's Slip of the Tongue, which also went platinum, and then put the band on hiatus for several years. Thereafter followed a collaboration with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page in 1993.
Four years later, Coverdale reformed the band and issued Restless Heart that same year. However, Coverdale put Whitesnake on hold once again, as he focused on his solo career. After another lengthy hiatus, the group returned with yet another incarnation that included Coverdale's son, Jasper, on backing vocals. Forevermore, Whitesnake's eleventh studio album, which included the single, "Love Will Set You Free", was released in 2011.