Deep Purple organist, the great Jon Lord, passed away today. He was 71.

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

If you don't recognize the name you might recognize Lord's playing from Deep Purple's hit version of Joe South's "Hush." It took a mighty man to trade melodic stabs with Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore—and Lord was mighty.

Lord had an extensive career with Deep Purple, AND (ahem) Whitesnake, but I always have been a HUGE fan of his '60s R&B group, the Artwoods. They've been forgotten over time, and never heard in the US, but in a word, I'd reckon they were truly unfuckwithable.

And if that ain't enough, sit down and dig this BBC recording. It's on fire.