June 9 would have been the 73rd birthday of one of the greatest keyboard players in rock history. Jon Lord’s brilliant organ and piano work illuminated the recording and live output of Deep Purple through their glory years, all the way through to his departure from the group in 2002.
Few players have ever been able to infuse rock music with the marriage of classical and blues influences that Jon brought to Purple, as well as to his time with Whitesnake, with Ian Paice and Tony Ashton in Paice Ashton Lord and various other collaborations. Jon also recorded as a solo artist, his classical leanings coming ever further to the fore in his later work, before his sad death in 2012.
As a mark of enduring respect to a real gentleman of the business, here is some of his finest work on record with this great British rock band, in uDiscover’s Deep Purple playlist.