Today I was completely devastated and extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Jon Lord, after he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier today, Monday 16th July, 2012.
Jon's website made this statement today:
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.
Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.
Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.
Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.
Jon passes from Darkness to Light.
Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012.
Bach Onto This - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9OFZ9Mh7GA
(From Before I Forget - 1982)
Before I Forget - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PVhiB6M1D4
(Album title track - 1982)
Don't Break My Heart Again - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMh39qZ95iE&feature=fvwrel
(Whitesnake - 1981)
Solo / When A Blind Man Cries - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72jJh_e6eeg
(Russian bootleg recording - 1996)
Knocking At Your Back Door - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-SXYALnr0M&feature=related
(Live in Birmingham - England 1993)
The ultimate has to be this ... Forget the picture quality, listen to Jon play!
Highway Star - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgZSnAkQc4c&feature=fvwrel
(Live in Japan 1972)
Jon Lord, RIP you were, you are and always will be, the best!
My sincere sympathies and heartfelt prayers go out to your family and dear friends.
Those from the world of rock, that have been paying their respects are as follows:
Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple):
I am deeply saddened about the passing of Jon Lord ...I am proud and humbled
to have known him both personally and professionally ... and blessed to
share a special time with him. He was a true and gifted original ...a
Gentleman of the industry ...and he shall be greatly missed!
My sincerest sympathies to his family and relations...and to all of us who
have lost one of the great musicians of our time!...R.I.P. Jon...may God
hold you in his hands. --- Joe Lynn Turner
David Coverdale / Whitesnake:
All the members of Whitesnake & all at Whitesnake.com wish to express their sincere condolences to Jon's Family , Friends & Fans...David Coverdale said "It was an absolute joy & pleasure for me to know him & to work alongside him. He is missed already."
Friends: I have just landed in LA from London, to hear the sad news of the passing of our brother Jon Lord. I will miss him. Prayers please
Mick Box (Uriah Heep):