Jon Lord, Keyboardist With Deep Purple, Dies at 71

Jon Lord Keyboardist With Deep Purple Dies at 71

Jon Lord, the keyboardist of the pioneering British hard-rock band Deep Purple, died on Monday in London. He was 71.

The cause was a pulmonary embolism, said his manager, Bruce Payne. Mr. Lord announced last year that he had cancer.

In songs from the late 1960s and early ’70s like β€œSmoke on the Water,” β€œHush” and the epic β€œChild in Time,” Deep Purple laid much of the groundwork for heavy metal, drawing a blunter and fiercer sound out of the blues-based riffs common in the British invasion’s first wave.

Mr. Lord’s Hammond B-3 organ β€” with its signal routed through a Marshall amplifier to give it a distorted tang β€” was key to Deep Purple’s style. It locked into formation with Ritchie Blackmore’s guitar, Roger Glover’s bass and Ian Paice’s drums, forging catchy lines like the four-note motif of β€œSmoke on the Water” that helped the band sell tens of millions of albums around the world.

source: NY Times

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