He collaborated with entire symphonies throughout his career and oversaw numerous solo outings and projects, but Jon Lord will always be remembered most for what he added to British rock heavyweights Deep Purple. It’s been reported that Lord died today, July 16, following a pulmonary embolism and a long fight with pancreatic cancer. He had turned 71 last month.
As the organist for Deep Purple, he was among the main distinguishing factors of the band. In a crowded and still just burgeoning heavy rock scene, his Hammond organ became their signature. Until he retired in 2002, he was a constant in an ever-changing lineup, and his influence can still be heard around the world today — not to mention Deep Purple‘s work itself, the appeal of which has only grown with time.
On behalf of myself and The Obelisk, condolences to Jon Lord‘s friends and family and to Deep Purple fans everywhere.
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