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Monday, 16 July 2012

One More Rainy Day – R.I.P Jon Lord

 Jonathan Douglas Lord

9th June 1941 – 16th July 2012

just got the news… what an immense loss! last november i went to see jon lords blues project with brian auger filling in for jon, and i hoped that the time would come when i could see the genius himself live and in person. but it wasnt meant to be, and so now i share deep grief with millions and millions of deep purple fans. heres one of the songs that first got me to like deep purple, and its a beautiful showcase for jons work with mark I:

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Congratulations to a Genius


happy 70th birthday, jon lord!

he wasnt only one of the founding members of the group that came to life as ’roundabout’ and evolved into deep purple in early 1968, he was one of the creative initiators behind the whole concept. jon shared a flat with the searchers ex-drummer chris curtis around 1967, who had the idea of a group with constantly fluctuating members, like the cars in a roundabout. auditions were held to recruit members, and when the first lineup (referred to as MK I) was complete the ’roundabout’ concept soon was dropped, so was the name.
in 1968 and 69 deep purple MK I released three albums (‘shades of deep purple’, ‘the book of taliesyn’ and ‘deep purple’ – the latter of which is my favourite) that show the brilliant results of the (then) fruitful collaboration between rod evans as a songwriter and singer and jon as a composer (being the only band member who enjoyed a classical training in music) and pianist/keyboarder. especially on their third album there are really beautiful compositions that you could perhaps best describe as melodic art rock – for instance ‘blind’, ‘chasing shadows’ and the incredible masterpiece ‘april’. …

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