It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who
suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at
theLondon 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 and
Orchestrafirst performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the
renownedMalcolm 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 Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012