Jon Lord has passed away

One my all-time musical heroes has passed away.

Jon Lord

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 Lord’s output has been an essential part of my music catalogue since my early teens, covering his work in Deep Purple, PAL, many other groups, as well as many of his magnificient solo outputs. He was a brilliant musician, composer and arranger, and always a delight to listen to when interviewed.

R.I.P. Jon.