Happy Birthday to Dong, Happy Birthday to Dong, Happy Birthday dear Do-ong.... you can fill in the rest.
Here is Dong's official 58th birthday portrait taken in his natural habitat of the Mark of Friendship after a meal with Shazzerooneypoos.
Mrs The Millbrooker and I joined them after they'd finished guzzling a pair of Kit's finest omelettes (have I spelt that right?) and enjoyed a pint or three before having to retire due to it being a school night.
It should be pointed out that Dong is younger than all of the original members of Deep Purple but a tad less well off and hasn't to the best of my knowledge indulged in any public head-banging recently.