Jon Lord has won the Greatest Keyboard Player poll held by Real XS radio in Manchester, UK. The final top 10 is as follows:
Thanks to Alan Heron for the info.
Posted by Nick Soveiko on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, filed under News. You can follow comment on this post through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a comment below, or trackback from your own site.
That’s a no brainer. Nobody compares.
Jon is number 1, but Ken Hensley should be up there too.
Don Airey belongs here too.
No surprise…glad to see Emerson and Wakeman on list…surprised Billy Powell is not on it…ty for post
Such an accolade for one so humble…
Was and always will be the greatest
A true master of his art
Good list, but I am missing Don Airey ( Deep Purple, ex Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Jethro Tull, Michael Schenker Group) and Ken Hensley, (ex Uriah Heep)
John Paul Jones ? ahaha
Emerson and Manzarek above Wright and Billy Preston and Don Airey in there somewhere!
Too right Jon Lord is the best…..he is a legend!!!
who was the one that wrote classical Gas ???
Mais y-a-t-il besoin de les classer ? Why keyboardist contest ? I love ALL keyboardist from Jon Lord to Jordan Rudess
jon lord the best no ken hensly thou amazed
james s – I believe it was mason williams, more known for his guitar work…
John Paul Jones in TOP 10? Excuse me ?
Mr Lord on keyboard yeeaaahhh
God knows how John Paul Jones gets in there,typical Zep fans, they can only ever vote in a poll using a member of Led Zep.
wheres don airey ????
- Rightly so!
Manzarek should be 2nd, though!
That is a great top ten list indeed, Jon Lord is my favourite keyboard player & Wakeman has always been a close second! Great to see Rick Wright at 3 also. Emerson rightly so at 4 & I would have Tony Banks at 5, no disrespect to Ray Manzarek, he could be at 6! Two legends lost in Lord & Wright, but thankfully we have the melodies from them forever! I probably would have Patrick Moraz in there somewhere also, I am also a Yes ‘fan’ after all! Cheers.
Where is Don Airey? He is a great keyboard player. Listen to Now what of Deep Purple for example. Jon Lord the best!
SAUDOSO! JON LORD!
Don Aireys should be there. Honourable mention to Colin Towns Of Gallant. But lord is the best
Colin Towns of Gillan I.meant to say
Don Airey, Patrick Moraz, Peter Bardens,Ken Hensley, better than half of those choices…
Keith Emerson…at the first position! and Jon Lord on the second!
Tony carey ??? In rainbow.. 1976
Long live Jon Lord!!
Wow. No Ken Hensley.
1. Jon Lord 2. Ken hensley
Jon IMHO is the best and agree Don Airey should be in there. I just love his solo on Difficult to Cure. Someone once described it as Star Wars on the Keyboard, I think in Kerrang or Sounds when the album came out. Also love Geoff Downes. Saw him with Asia at their second debut show at Wembley and man he was awesome. Also a big mention to Mark Kelly of Marillion who was fantastic live but also often the main voice for me on lots of album material.
I can’t believe I didn’t think of Ken Hensley, a super Hammond player & a wonderful keyboard player who also is a very good guitarist & songwriter & not a bad vocalist either! Maybe that is why he isn’t in the list, too multi talented perhaps or maybe if there was a multi instrumentalist poll, he would win hands down!?? Love the early 70’s Heep. Cheers.
derek sherinian should be on that list
Where are Ken Hensley??????
Jon wird immer die #1 bleiben, egal wer da kommt, unsterblich und unerreicht.
Agree with the Don Airey and Ken Hensley comments, but we could all add a few names that should maybe be in there, Max Middleton?
People who should be above JPJ – in no particular order and apologies to the many I have forgotten: Tommy Eyre, Colin Towns, John Evans, Vangelis , Patrick Moraz, Tony Kaye, Geoff Downes, Dave Greenslade, Christine McVie , Alan Price, Dr John, Ray Charles.
Frankly even Vince Clarke and Gary Numan.
And after all that JPJ is a good keyboard player and a great recorder player.
Of course Jon is the best!!! He will be known as the Keyboard player for Deep Purple and also as a Classical Composer. I believe in 2010 in a poll taken by European Classical radio stations he came in 3rd as the most popular Classical Composer!!
like n nice n love deep purple
The Best!!! <3
Lord …! you did it again !
Jon Lord is the best, I know that ever since the first time heard the solo in “The Painter” “The Hands Of God”, great talent, playing his instrument with a soul celebrated Hammond A list of the best musicians, mostly keyboards masters and seventies, when the rock was progressive, players innovators although it seems to me that John Poul Jones celebrates a different instrument )))) the top ten for me .. should be no place for Ken Hensley great player and author good and Dave Greenfield from “The Stranglers” This van Leer / Focus / “mad genius” Of course l place of honor for the great Don Airey He is versatile, classicist, who played the jazz -rock Collosseum II, Purple and Sabbath famalys, to the winners of Eurosong 1997 where he played, arranged and conducted the winner song of Great Britain Don is a great I look forward to seeing you soon on the coast of Croatia in Zadar 15 .07. ” The Greatest Band in the world play
Jon lives forever
Agreed!!!! Jon is my favorite. What a great guy also. Had the privilege of meeting him once and he was very friendly and sociable. Where is Don Airey and Jurgen Fritz on this poll. Im sure many others must have been mentioned as well, but JPJ??? I love his contributions to LZ, but top 10. I dont think so
The greatest, then, now and forever! R.I.P. Jon!
Jon is the king but..Ken Hensley,Don Airey..Where are you? Do you know Peter Solley?he used to play with 70′ rock band Paladin,then spent some years with Procol harum and had some stints with Whitesnake.He’s awesome.
jon repose en paix.
Hilarious!! Matt “Twat” Bellamy? John Paul Jones? (a great bass player). Where the hell are Ken Hensley, Don Airey & Geoff Downes? Lord, Wakeman, Wright, Banks, Emerson… Hell yeah, well deserved!!
matt bellamy,since when was he a keybord player ?guitarist yes but hardly class.not in the same league.
Jon Lord, Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) and Keith Emerson had the biggest impact on me. At the moment I listen to Brian Auger, he’s fantastic. Nobody mentioned Geoff Downes from Asia. But it’s lovely to hear that Jon is on top of the list, no question.
I know John Lord was a great keyboard player, But what’s Jordan Rudess doing in 7th place?
What these ‘polls’ should really be is a ‘peoples favourite’ player poll. Because that is what they really are, a popularity vote, has anyone seen the bass player ‘poll’? Steve Harris 2nd & Cliff Burton 3rd, comical or what! Next is the ‘best guitar solo’ poll. I bet there are a few comical votes in that from some rabid ‘fans’ of certain artists! On a serious note, my ‘favourite’ guitar solos, David Gilmour owns half of the top 10. Blackmore will be in there & a few others! Does it mean anything other than my ‘favourite’ musical moments or artists, no it doesn’t, well only to me it does! Cheers.
I’m sure there are thousands of keyboard players around the country with their heads in their hands on seeing this.
I love the fact that Jon Lord won but for Don Airey to not make the list makes this poll a joke. John Paul Jones really? What a insult to Don.
A lot of conjecture on who is not included in the list. The bottom line is they got the NUMBER ONE right.
Yes John, but they probably play with more than one finger at a time!
The Uncommon Man deserves no less. Glad they got this poll right regarding the #1 spot. Would have been a hard pill to swallow had they not. Don Airey missing is appalling though. No other Keyboard player on the planet has been hired by as many stalwart big names as Don Airey. He has left his ivory mark on more albums and toured with more musicians than anybody out there. That didn’t happen by chance. It happened because of his prowess.
Viva Jon Lord!. He´s the master of the masters. I think he´s the best keyboardist of all time and number 1 is for him. Long live Jon Lord.
Well the ‘greatest’ guitar solos are in & thankfully there are a few folk out there who recognise class when they hear it! Gilmour first, not surprising from the maestro! Slash (Guns ‘n Roses) 2nd, Ha Ha, my sides just split! Blackmore 3rd behind G & R??????? Ouch my sides just split even further! Metallica at 9th, sheeeesh the world of rock music is doomed indeed! Who are Alterbridge at 6??????? I can relate to all the others though. Cheers.
I noticed Andrey’s post, haven’t read the others. I’m with the opinion that although someone can play the instrument well, doesn’t mean they’re a master of any sorts, @John Paul Jones – Talk about running out of names to put in a poll. Give me guys who play for Walter Trout over him, and a boat lad of others, any day! Metallica, oh dear… it cheapens Lord’s win all the way.
Others are the cream of crop.
But John is the Maestro and influential
Greg Rolie from the original Santana line up is very good to. One of the reason i enjoy listening to him , is because he sound’s a bit like Jon Lord in places. Jon sounded really good in that Last Concert in Japan / This Time Around album. When things were going down , he stepped up and played better.
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