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Leicester, United Kingdom (1966 – 2012)

Jon Douglas Lord was an English Hammond organ and piano player. He was born in Leicester on 9 June 1941 and died on 16 July 2012. He began to play professionally in 1966.

Lord was a member of Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods, and Flowerpot Men. He is recognized for combining rock and classical music.

In 1968, Lord co-founded Deep Purple, the band he was most well-known for. Lord and the drummer, Ian Paice, were the only constant band members for 34 years. He left Deep Purple after their UK tour in 2002, and was replaced with Don Airey.

Lord had been considering leaving the band for some time, due to his busy touring schedule and his Durham Concerto. In 2001, Don Airey was used to substitute him for a month after a knee injury. This worked out, so Lord decided to leave in 2002.

Lord was well-respected for his mastery of the Hammond Organ. Some call him “Lord of the Hammond”, and in his 34-year Deep Purple career, you can hear his distinctive solos amid many classic songs on their albums.

In 2011, Lord was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died on 16 July 2012, surrounded by his family at the London Clinic after a pulmonary embolism


- Art Gallery (1966, with The Artwoods)
- Shades of Deep Purple (1968, with Deep Purple)
- The Book of Taliesyn (1968, with Deep Purple)
- Deep Purple (1969, with Deep Purple)
- Concerto for Group and Orchestra (1969, with Deep Purple)
- Deep Purple In Rock (1970, with Deep Purple)
- The Last Rebel (1971, film score with Tony Ashton)


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  • AnarchyKM

    thank you for the music R.I.P. : Bouree and Child in Time!

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Andreas_Wotte

    Thank you for the music, the arrangements, compositions and orchestrations, the sound of organ, Deep Purple and your kind of classic music and hard rock. Andreas

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Linuxero666

    un gran artista lastima que se nos fue, fuiste uno de los mejores en tu rango musical y hasta el día de hoy nadie te podra superar en el mundo. Concerto for Group & Orchestra, Lazy , Perfect Strangers diste lo mejor de ti en Deep Purple obvio y en tu carrera como solista también eres y siempre seras uno de los musicos mas respetados en el mundo, aunque somos muy pocos tus verdaderos seguidores, cumpliste todos tus sueños antes que nos dejaras con Concerto For Group And Orchestra R.I.P :(

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tiepgeit

    Complety new to this legend's work, but I like it a lot instantly.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • nikidaki

    R.I.P thanks for creating D.P. and the music that you gave us!

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • PDeatHuntER

    R.I.P. [3]

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Rammzik

    R.I.P. [2]

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • victimex


    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • CalogeroMira

    R.I.P. Jon Lord. Congrats for his "Pavane" from "Sarabande" I listened to from a public British radio station.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Andimainz

    when I was a child, I always wanted to look like him... Rest in peace, Lord!

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ClassyMusicSnob

    I just found out he died... RIP you legend!

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Frank_morrison

    Gracias Maestro. Sarabande es el mejor disco que he escuchado en años.

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Who_Scared_You


    22 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Miklos__

    thank you for the music R.I.P.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
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    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • depeshkina

    rest in peace, Jon. say hello to Dio. forever in my heart.

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • momoandkuro

    R.I.P. Jon Lord. Especially, Sarabande is excellence.

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Klaus-Heinrich

    Thank you, Jon for founding Deep Purple, for enriching the palette of rock music, for merging classical music with rock, for inspring a whole generation of musicians, for immortal arpeggios and helping create Deep Purple's trademark sound, for being a true gentleman and, last but not least, for enduring Richtie Blackmore long enough to create some of the most brilliant works in the history of rock music.

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • mayaberlin

    R.I.P. * thank you for the music * om shanti om

    18 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    R.I.P. Jon Lord!

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
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