DEEP PURPLE LEGENDARY KEYBOARD PLAYER
(June 9th, 1941 – July 16th, 2012)
Article by Adriana Rubio
Doctor Of Music, Jonathan Douglas “Jon” Lord, the founding member of Deep Purple was an English composer, pianist and Hammond organ player internationally known for his ground-breaking work primarily with Deep Purple, then Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.
Jon Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968 and was practically the band leader until 1970. He and drummer Ian Paice were the only constant band members from 1968 to 1976 and continued together from 1984 until Jon Lord's final departure from Deep Purple in 2002.
Among a very long list of outstanding musical compositions and songwriting contributions to Deep Purple, Lord wrote the organ riff on the master piece of all time “Child in Time”.
Lord also contributed as keyboardist guest on albums for George Harrison (Gone Troppo), Pink Floyd’s guitarist David Gilmour (About Face), Cozy Powell (Octopus) and so many others.
Hammond Organ Player Jon Lord was made an Honorary Fellow of Stevenson College, Edinburgh on November 10th, 2010, and was granted an honorary Doctor Of Music degree on July 15th, 2011, by the University of Leicester.
Jon Lord sadly passed away on July 16th, 2012 after suffering a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic surrounded by his family. Lord had been diagnosed pancreatic cancer a year ago.
THANK YOU JON LORD FOR THE MUSIC!