Remembering Jon Lord


Deep Purple

Deep Purple (Photo credit: daniconil)

July 16, saw the passing of rock keyboard innovator, Jon Lord.  He was 71.  Best known as one of the founding members of 70’s icons, Deep Purple, he also played with Whitesnake.  He played on the classic song by The Kinks, “You Really Got Me“.  He was on albums by David Gilmour and George Harrison.  He virtually created the riffs used to this day by keyboardists in all types of popular music.

In my life, Deep Purple was one of the bands that formed my musical tastes.  Machine Head is still an album that makes me perk up and listen.  I will never forget Smoke On The Water or Highway Star, which are very much a part of the soundtrack of my life.  The band in heaven just got a bit better.

Highway Star

Smoke On The Water

About John

I enjoy travel, sports, music and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of music and travel posts and a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Canuck.

Posted on January 8, 2013, in Classic Rock, History, Live Music, Music, Remembering and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Not a lot of rock and rollers who can truly be called innovators.

    Richie Blackmoor still plays occasionally too.

  2. Hi,
    I have always been a Deep Purple fan, love their music.

  3. Love Deep Purple.. Jon Lord certainly had a great career and life. I am not as aware of the individuals as the band and always learn something new here ..

  4. “Smoke On The Water” voted by many polls as the number 1 guitar riff.

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