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Jon Lord, the keyboardist and co-founder of Deep Purple, has died. He was 71 years old, and according to reports had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last year.
As a member of Deep Purple, Lord played on all the band’s definitive hits, including their breakout cover of Billy Joe Royal’s “Hush” (Lord’s vibey organ playing gave the song its haunting psychedelic quality) and on the iconic smash “Smoke on the Water,” which he also co-wrote.

If you ever tried to learn the guitar you probably played the riff from this song

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3 thoughts on “R.I.P.

  1. The Good Lord is gone. I knew he was very ill but as a Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore obsessed youngster it’s still extremely sad news. But what a life and what a legacy:

    Ian Gillan – vocals
    Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
    Ian Paice – drums
    Roger Glover – bass
    Jon Lord – the mighty Hammond organ

    That is one of THE great rock n roll line ups, and they made some of THE greatest rock music ever heard.

    RIP Jon Lord.

  2. RIP, Mr Lord. Always sad when any accomplished musician passes on.

    That said, with all due respect, I learned guitar without the help or inspiration of any of those 70’s dinosaur bands, thanks. Instead, utterly inspired by the sheer almighty numinousness of Joy Division, I picked up a child’s four-string toy guitar and I basically learned where to put your fingers on the fretboard by playing along to Peter Hook’s basslines on ‘Disorder’ and ‘She’s Lost Control’.
    Just as Bernard and Peter had always thought of rock musicians as demi-gods, until they saw the Pistols at the lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, and then they realised that, “bloody hell, maybe we could just about do that too”, so too, their own efforts inspired me in the same way.
    So, no, it wasn’t Purple, or Zeppelin or any of those lot who taught me how to play, it was Hooky, banging it out on his bass with Geordie Vision, who taught me how to play.
    I just needed to say that, in order to explain that not everyone has to always be inspired by the typical metalheads. Every time I go into a music shop, you’ll always see another dunderhead playing that dull riff from “Smoke on the water”, as if there’s no other bloody way to learn the guitar. Cheeses me right off.
    OK, having got that out of the way, still, RIP, Mr Lord.

  3. Face it Tom, your dull, despressing, northern student music was a passing fad. Youngsters will be practising Smoke on the Water and Stairway to Heaven long after Joy-thingy are forgotten.


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