Former DEEP PURPLE Legend RITCHIE BLACKMORE - "JON LORD Was Not Only A Great Musician, He Was My Favorite Dinner Companion"

July 17, 2012, 5 years ago

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Former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist JON LORD lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 71 yesterday, Monday, July 16th, 2012.

Former Deep Purple guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore has issued the following statement: "Jon was not only a great musician, he was my favorite dinner companion. We are all deeply saddened. We knew he was sick but the word was that he was recovering and doing much better. This news came as a complete shock. Without Jon there would be no Deep Purple. He lives on in our hearts and memories."

Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan discussed Jon Lord yesterday on Planet Rock Radio. Listen below:

A message at Jon Lord's website states:

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

Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including 'Smoke On The Water' and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto For Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

Jon Lord - June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012.

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