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Monday, July 16, 2012

RIP Jon Lord

Posted by on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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.


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Sad to lose another great musician, they've been dropping off the earth rapidly lately. Glad to see someone at The Stranger appreciated Deep Purple. Never heard of The Artwoods, thanks for the tip.
Posted by BallardBoy on July 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM · Report this
Hush is one of the greatest cuts of all-time, always in my crates. Mighty, indeed. RIP.
Posted by kerri harrop on July 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM · Report this

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