- Sight & Sound
July 17th, 2012
Jon Lord, legendary keyboard player for Deep Purple, passed away on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
Jon Lord was brought up as a classically trained pianist, but it would be heavy organ riffs that would make him famous as he went on to co-found Deep Purple. His explosive style brought keyboard playing back into the forefront of rock, putting keyboardists in the spotlight as musicians who could carry a band. Lord’s classical training would shine through during Deep Purple’s constantly evolving live performances as his rich organ tones snaked through the crowds. Lord's signature sounds could be heard on Deep Purple hits like Smoke on the Water and Hush.
After Deep Purple, Lord went on to play keys in Whitesnake (not yet the hair metal band they are remembered as now), his use of electric piano and Moog synthesizers was essential as accompaniment to the blues sound of the band’s lead guitarists
Jon Lord created magic across his keys, he will be greatly missed.