Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by Hamstrung, Jul 16, 2012.
Damn! Another of the greats gone...
Jon Lord – The Official Website
From somewhere in heaven I can hear a very loud B3 being played... RIP Jon Lord.
Jon Lord is/was an amazing musician and songwriter who has left an incredible body of work for us to enjoy for years to come ....... thank-you for the memories, Jon ...... RIP.
(Just so happened to be at a friend's place last night watching music vids and Deep Purple was one that got played ....... in fact Deep Purple always gets played as this friend is probably one of their biggest fans and has been since the original lineup days ..... so I have forwarded this notification on to him ..... thanks for posting.)
My favourite Rock B3 player of all time. R.I.P. Jon
I am a huge DP fan and was just rocking to Highway Star and Might Just Take Your Life at the gym, no more than an hour ago.
I knew he was sick, but this is a kick in the guts.
Big DP fan from the beginning as well.
I spelled my middle name Jon because of Lord.
My friend, the avid DP fan, is a Polish immigrant working here in Canada for the last 40 years as a mechanical engineer.
Among the stories he tells, is of growing up in late ‘60’s early ‘70’s cold war communist Poland ....... and how hard it was to for he and his peer group to find any western music at all ..... but they persevered through the black market ......... and quickly latched on to DP once they got a taste.
It was the raw music that pulled them in .... understanding the lyrics was secondary primarily because they couldn’t speak any English ........ lyric appreciation would have to come much later ...... (if ever at all because it was obviously of lesser importance).
To me, this speaks volumes regarding the power and/or influence of DP music ...... of which Jon Lord desrves considerable credit ..... the music spoke to thousands of people that didn't understand English.
My friend is a guitar/bass player first and foremost ..... but Jon Lord's B3 solos always stop him in his tracks.
This is a vid my friend in the UK made in tribue:
Lyle Watt - Highway Star (Deep Purple) - YouTube
Very sad. That man could wail on a keyboard. An integral part of Deep Purple. May he rest in Peace.
Today will be a Deep Purple Day for me.
I think I'll throw Who Do We Think We Are on at the gym this evening.
Man, I was just listening to some DP in the car yesterday, loving Lord's B3 playing in "Hush". RIP JL.
A nice statement from Steve Morse about Jon Lord.
"Jon just died. I'm shocked and don't know what to do, so I'm going to try to tell you a little about Jon.
Jon was the powerhouse keyboard player that brought rock and classical directly together many times. The first was his timeless organ solo on "Highway Star". The next was his "Concerto for Band and Orchestra". I was able to perform with the whole band as it was played at Albert Hall before we toured extensively with it. Just weeks ago, I was able to play on a studio recording of Jon's concerto and share some heartfelt thoughts and words with him.
Jon was the guy that would stop us from giving up on an idea in songwriting because it wasn't immediately obvious. I remember him encouraging me in the studio to keep doing what I was doing as I played around with an idea that I was intrigued with. After writing something as amazing as his concerto, he still had the imagination to hear ideas on top of anything I suggested. He always had a regal, gentlemanly manner. Like any of us, he could get annoyed, but he would only show it with his wry and dry wit.
Mostly, he was upbeat and a pleasure for anybody to be around. His humor was right up my alley, with us exchanging ridiculous thoughts like,"If Brenda Lee married Tommy Lee, her new name would be Brenda Lee......" Or having him finish the tune when an announcement at an airport would start with several musical notes to get your attention. It's hard to give anecdotes that convey an ease that somebody could give you, but he sure had that ability. We all love people that will pay attention to our kids, and years ago he charmed my (then) 5 year old son, Kevin with a Donald Duck imitation even while he was being hurried to get out of the dressing room and go to the green room for after show greetings.
Jon retired from the endless DP tour schedule, but continued to do appearances with original material and performances of his concerto. I knew he missed the band he helped start, but at the same time couldn't stand the relentless travel. From time to time, we would see him on tour, and he would sit in with us. The last time we played, less than a year ago, at the Sunflower Jam at Royal Albert Hall, he had just come offstage from performing with Rick Wakeman. Later I talked with him and his wife about how strange it felt to look around at the keyboards and not see him there at Albert Hall. We promised to do something together. Soon thereafter, we all learned of his battle with Pancreatic cancer. I kept hearing hopeful, positive reports that they might be making progress, but this sudden death caught me totally unaware. I thought we would meet and do a recording project in the future when he recovered from the chemotherapy. Well, we sort of did, but I had to record it and send it to him, as we were in different countries.
If you have friends, family, especially kids, don't ever miss a chance to do or say something special....or simply appreciate the fact that they are there. One day, they won't be. "
Man this sucks.
He's been a big influence in my guitar playing, and Purple was one of my favorite bands growing up.
If you have the time--
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Jon and DP were/are a huge influence on me. Damn, my band plays several DP tunes a night.
He was Rock and Roll organ.
I am saddened by his passing. The fact that he bravely fought Cancer and then was undone by something else is just terrible.
I bought my first Deep Purple record in Grade Seven......and I'll buy their new one when it comes out later this year. I saw them at Massey Hall this year with my son. DP are his fave band.
the day Jon passed, I got a text from my keyboard player notifying me, I waited till my son was finished camp that day at 3pm to call him to break the news. He beat me to it. At 3:01 pm he called me to tell me the sad news. He beat me to it. I could tell he was upset.
Jon affected a great deal of people bridging generations in a very positive way.
Deep Purple has had the biggest singular effect on my musical life...period.
Ritchie Blackmore was primarily the reason I took up guitar in the first place and although my tastes have changed from time to time, I'm still a huge Deep Purple fan. So much so that I still insist on playing in a Deep Purple tribute band to this day.
Thanks to the incredible Hammond work of Jon Lord, I found myself gravitating to the Hammond organ. Ironically not play but for every other reason you can imagine...so bad in fact, that I started a Hammond service and rental business.
There has never been nor will there be anyone in rock that can touch him. His technique was by all accounts, unique and his musical instincts were unequaled.
Good bye and rest in peace Jon. You will always be remembered.
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