Jon Lord, founder of Deep Purple, dies aged 71

It is with great sadness we announce the death of Jon Lord, musician, composer and former keyboard player with the rock band Deep Purple. Jon was aged 71.

Jon Lord He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August. Lord, who co-wrote many of Deep Purple’s legendary songs, including Smoke On The Water, played with many bands and musicians throughout his career. A statement issued by his publicist said he died at the London Clinic on Monday, surrounded by his family. Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and the band went on to become one of the world’s most popular rock bands.

Deep Purple split in 1976, but after reforming in 1984 the band had six studio albums and performed concerts all over the world, with album sales in excess of 150 million units. Born in Leicester on 9 June, 1941, Jon Lord began playing piano, taking classical music lessons from a very early age.

He received a scholarship to drama school in London at the age of 19, during which time he began playing jazz and rhythm and blues in pub gigs. Lord retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

The DPRP team send their condolences to Jon’s family and friends…

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2 Responses to Jon Lord, founder of Deep Purple, dies aged 71

  1. Sven de Haan says:

    Met afschuw lees ik hier het overlijden van de oude nestor van de rock! Wat heeft die man mij veel luisterplezier laten beleven met zijn gewelldige Hammond, maar ook met zijn unieke klassieke werken, die m.i. de tand des tijds zullen doorstaan. Als een van de weinige rockmuzikanten was hij in staat een klassiek werk te maken, dat zich kan meten met de gerenommerde klassieke werken uit de 20ste eeuw.
    Graag was ik nog naar een van zijn concerten gegaan, maar helaas; nooit meer!
    Ik wens zijn dierbaren veel sterkte!

  2. Bob Mulvey says:

    Personal message from Ritchie Blackmore about Jon Lord’s passing:

    Jon was not only a great musician, he was my favorite dinner
    companion. We are all deeply saddened. We knew he was sick but the
    word was that he was recovering and doing much better. This news
    came as a complete shock. Without Jon there would be no Deep
    Purple. He lives on in our hearts and memories.

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