The legendary Jon Lord has passed away after a lengthly battle with pancreatic cancer. Our condolences go out his to his family and friends. Thanks so much for all the great music and joy you brought to our lives Jon. Here is the official statement from JonLord.org.
“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.”
Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and along with drummer Ian Paice was with the band in their inception from 1968 to 1970. He co-wrote many of the band’s songs, including the rock classic ‘Smoke On The Water’ and was responsible for the legendary organ riff on ‘Child Of Our Time’.
He remained with the band when they reformed in 1970, until his retirement in 2002.
Renowned for his fusion of rock and classical or baroque forms, he was perhaps best known for his Orchestral work ‘Concerto For Group And Orchestra’ first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold. The feat was repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.
He also worked with Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton And Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.
David Coverdale and Whitesnake released the following statement:
“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.”