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Thread: Jon Lord Succumbs to Cancer at 71

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    Jon Lord Succumbs to Cancer at 71

    My favorite keyboardist of one of my favorite bands. . . gone.

    Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, who played with the pioneering hard rock band from their formation in 1968 through his retirement in 2002, died in London today from a pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

    Lord co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 and co-wrote many of their biggest hits, including "Smoke on the Water," "Black Night" and "Strange Kind of Woman." The band initially had a softer sound, scoring hits with covers of Billy Joe Royal's "Hush" and Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman" in 1968. The next year they recruited new singer Ian Gillan and quickly developed their signature hard rock sound on classic albums like Machine Head and Fireball. During this time the group regularly changed members, with Lord being one of the few constants.

    Two years after the group split in 1976, Lord began a six-year stint in Whitesnake. He also guested on albums with some of the biggest names in rock, including George Harrison and David Gilmour. He rejoined Deep Purple when they reformed in 1984, and stayed with the group in 2002.
    Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dead at 71 | Music News | Rolling Stone

    He was remarkable.



    RIP. Thank you for the wonderful music.
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    I'm truly sadden to hear he is gone! He is truly an inspiration and one of the greats on the keyboard. He will be missed!
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    Sad. He wasn't that old... but he sure was talented.
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    As the song goes....
    IN ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN THEY HAVE ONE HELL OF A BAND.....
    Jon you were the original HIGHWAY STAR
    I would say RIP but I know you will always be to busy JAMMMING to totally RIP.....
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    Jon Lord was one of the greatest keyboard players of all time.

    He and Deep Purple were very much a part of my youth.

    I was particularly impressed with the keyboard solo on "Burn" (1974).

    His work, throughout Purple's long career was exemplary.

    His signature Hammond organ sound is evident in the early days of the band. (The opening to "Hush" for instance).

    "Machine Head" and the live set "Made in Japan" feature Lord at his very best.

    The days of the virtuoso rock musician are almost at an end.

    Jon Lord will be missed. May he rest in peace.


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