Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lord with Purple and WhoCares

Tributes to Lord flooded Twitter, with artists such as Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and Toto's Steve Lukather expressing sadness over his death and praising his musical contributions.

Lord got his musical start playing piano, first taking classical music lessons before shifting to rock and roll.

After moving to London to attend drama school, he joined blues band the Artwoods in 1964 and later toured with The Flowerpot Men — known for their hit "Let's Go To San Francisco" — before joining Deep Purple in 1968.

Deep Purple — which featured Lord along with singer Ian Gillan, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover — was one of the top hard rock bands of the '70s. Influenced by classical music, blues and jazz, Lord took his Hammond organ and distorted its sound to powerful effect on songs including "Hush," ''Highway Star," ''Lazy" and "Child in Time."

The group went on to sell more than 100 million albums before splitting in 1976.

Lord went on to play with hard rock group Whitesnake in the late 1970s and early 1980s and later, a re-formed Deep Purple.

Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple's most famous tunes, including "Smoke on the Water," and later had a successful solo career following his retirement from the band in 2002.


Deep Purple The Royal Albert Hall

The Concerto for Group and Orchestra is a concerto composed by Jon Lord, with lyrics written by Ian Gillan. It was first performed by Deep Purple and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Arnold on 24 September 1969 and released on vinyl in December 1969. The release was the first Deep Purple album to feature Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass. After the score was lost in 1970, it was performed again in 1999 with a recreated score. The 1969 performance was the first ever combination of rock music and a complete orchestra and has been cited as paving the way for other rock/orchestra performances such as Metallica's S&M concert and Roger Water's The Wall Berlin performance.



He lent his talents to a single by the super group WhoCares, featuring Purple singer Ian Gillan, Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted.

WhoCares: Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi & Friends. WhoCares: Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi & Friends.
With the contribution of Nicko McBrain, Linde Lindström, Jon Lord and Jason Newsted, the greatest of heavy rock supergroups releases its debut CD single on earMUSIC on May 6th. 2011 "Out Of My Mind + Holy Water" - 2 brand new studio tracks for a good cause.
Available as digital download / 2 track CD single + video + 30min documentary / The Super Deluxe 7" vinyl edition limited to 1000 units worldwide is SOLD OUT!

R.I.P. Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012 


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