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Rick Wakeman remembers Jon Lord

Louder Sound (parent of Classic Rock magazine) has a brief interview with Rick Wakeman about his late great peer Jon Lord:

Jon Lord is one of the greatest keyboard players there has ever been. He’s not really considered a prog rock musician, but he did things that nobody else did. When you look at early Deep Purple especially, there was a lot of prog in there – they were breaking rules. Jon did things that you ‘shouldn’t’ – in inverted commas – do on in the context of a rock band. If that’s not progressive, I don’t know what is.

I bought Shades Of Deep Purple, the very first album by the original Deep Purple line-up, back when it came out. What I really loved about that album was that they did a version of The Beatles’ Help! on there, where Jon did amazing things on the Hammond and Leslie. I thought, ‘I like this guy’, so I always kept an eye on what he was doing.

Continue reading about their relationship and a planned collaboration project (that sadly never happened) on Louder.

Thanks to Jim Collins for the heads up.

3 Comments to “Rick Wakeman remembers Jon Lord”:

  1. 1
    Wiktor says:

    Yeah…Jon´s “the man”………………………..

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    Micke says:

    Rick Wakeman, what a gentleman he is. Just as Jon was. The two greatest keyboard/organ players ever.

  3. 3
    Buttockss says:

    ” Beautiful “……..Well said Rick, You are awsome player yourself…..much respect from true talents.

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