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Old 07-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Deep Purple founder Jon Lord dies

Jon Lord death: Deep Purple founder dies aged 71 | Mail Online

Rock star Jon Lord, who founded the band Deep Purple, died yesterday aged 71.

The keyboard player, who co-wrote many of the heavy rock band’s legendary songs including Smoke On The Water, had pancreatic cancer.

A statement posted on his website yesterday declared that Lord – who had said that writing music had been therapy through his illness – had passed ‘from Darkness to Light’.

The musician, who had enjoyed success in the last decade as a classical composer, suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism at a private clinic in London. His publicist said that he was surrounded by his family.

Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968 and it went on to be one of the world’s most successful rock bands, selling more than 100million albums.

The band split in 1976 and Lord spent several years with Whitesnake but Deep Purple reformed in 1984 and made six studio albums and performed around the world.

Born in Leicester in 1941, Lord began playing the piano and taking classical music lessons at an early age.

He moved to London at 19 after receiving a scholarship to drama school, but was soon playing piano in pubs and bars.

In 1964, he joined cult blues band the Artwoods, formed by Ronnie Wood’s brother Art.

After they split up, Lord went on tour with The Flowerpot Men before founding Deep Purple.

The band established itself in the early 1970s, releasing albums such as Deep Purple in Rock and Machine Head and having a hit single with Black Night.

The line-up underwent many changes, but Lord remained a mainstay. The band also included guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer Ian Gillan, drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover.

Lord retired from the band in 2002, but nurtured a second career as a classical composer.

His Durham Concerto became a hit in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, alongside his piano concerto Boom of the Tingling Strings.

Last year Lord told fans he was ‘fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure’.

He had been due to play with the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany last week, but postponed the concert at the end of last month.

Friend Rick Wakeman, former keyboard player with Yes, paid tribute last night.

He said: ‘His contribution to music and to classic rock was immeasurable and I will miss him terribly.’
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This blows.
To me, he was the only one who made keyboards work in a hard rock/metal situation.
Because he played and sounded like a guitar player and complemented Blackmore well.
Really listen to Smoke on the Water, and the intro to Lazy.
Hell, listen to all of Lazy and hear how his sound,alongside Blackmore,makes the song heavy.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anyone who has picked up a guitar, and learned that easy riff has been influenced by this band. Shame to hear he went.
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