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Jon Lord

English orchestral and rock composer, pianist

Died when: 71 years 37 days (853 months)
Star Sign: Gemini


Jon Lord

John Douglas Lord (9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012) was an English orchestral and rock composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with the British rock band Deep Purple.

He also spent time in the bands Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, The Flower Pot Men and Santa Barbara Machine Head.

In 1968, Lord co-founded Deep Purple, a hard rock band of which he was regarded as the leader in its early years.

Together with the other members, he collaborated on most of his band's most popular songs.Lord's distinctive organ playing during Deep Purple's hard rock period was essential to the band's signature heavy sound and contributed to the early development of heavy metal.

He and drummer Ian Paice were the only continuous presence in the band between 1968 and 1976, and also from when it was re-established, in 1984, until Lord's retirement in 2002.

On 11 November 2010, he was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of Stevenson College in Edinburgh, Scotland.On 15 July 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree at De Montfort Hall by the University of Leicester.

Lord was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 8 April 2016 as a member of Deep Purple.

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