Jon Lord, keyboardist with Deep Purple, has died.
There's a statement on his website:
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. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.For a band whose very name created the aura of an Upper Common Room beard-stroking, their origins were deeply rooted in manufactured novelty pop. Lord came together with Nick Simper after The Flowerpot Men had a hit with Lets Go To San Francisco, and their label Deram needed a band to go out and play it. It's a bit like Mumford And Sons starting out as some of the Sugababes.
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 was 71.