A Lighter Shade of Purple, RIP Jon Lord

2012 continues to be a sad year in the music business. Today we lost Jon Lord keyboardist for Deep Purple.

Being a die-hard guitarist since I was about 14 I only had a mild interest in most keyboard music. Jon Lord however had an aggressive, unique and heavy sound that always stood out to me and I enjoyed. Even though Deep Purple was obviously guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s project, they certainly would not have been the same without his keyboard riffs!

Jon Lord’s official website

Definitely sad to hear the news but once again the band above’s talent grows!!

RIP Jon Lord!

Check out Lord’s unique sound in the intro of this song. This is his signature tone which really was unique and worked perfect for Deep Purple’s metal sound. Also his ‘Egyptian’ sounding harmonic minor solo at the end is very musical as he switches to a completely different sound.

Deep Purple, “Perfect Strangers”


  1. This is very sad news. I knew John was sick by some of the posts that he was making on his website but it sounded like he was doing better. R.I.P. JL

    1. I went to his page this morning…too bad, too young(for the most part)… I hope the guys make sure the piece he wrote for orchestra/band gets performed still! Didnt realize he was on WP either…know of any other big guys here?

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