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How Jon Lord jumpstarted Lemmy’s career

In his recent interview to The Boston Phoenix Lemmy reveals this curious bit of anecdotage:

Jon Lord: 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012…Jon Lord was to a large extent responsible for me being in rock and roll. He was in a band called the Artwoods years ago, with Ronnie Wood’s brother Arthur. They were sort of a jazz-blues band, I guess. They played at the place in Wales where I was living, this dingy little boozer, and I was talking to Jon and, like an idiot, he gave me his address in London. So of course I went down there and he wasn’t there, but he was living at Art’s mother’s house where Ronnie Wood, who was in a band called the Birds, was living and they let me crash on the couch. I woke up and I’ve got all the Birds standing around me going, ‘What are you doing on Mom-mom’s couch?,’ all poking me with this terrible cockney rabble.

I never forgot that Jon — a complete stranger, and I’m some kid — gave me his address to come down to London and see him. I often told him thanks for that. I saw him late last year in a hotel in Germany in Cologne. He was over there doing some orchestral stuff, and we talked in the bar for awhile. . . . I’m glad I saw him, since he’s since departed.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

9 Comments to “How Jon Lord jumpstarted Lemmy’s career”:

  1. 1
    buttockss says:

    Very humbling to hear lemmy speak of jon with great rewards.

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    Moreblack says:

    wow Ha ha This is Jon Lord!!!!

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    Carlos (from Paraguay) says:

    Lord is the teacher, the other musicians are the preachers!!!

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    Tracy (Zero the Hero) Heyder says:

    Perfect example of….’You never know till you go’. I have many Artwoods and Flower Pot Men singles. I never thought I’d be feeling the pain I feel now knowing that the man whom caused me to seek and buy them would be gone. I’m not stupid. I’m not naive. I’m just a dumb bloke whom thinks certain things last forever. How dumb is that?

    Still missing you Jon, and it truly hasn’t sunk in yet that you are gone. Though your past will live on, what you had in store was yet to come. I believe you had plenty in store.


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    Drdp says:

    Lordy did a lot of influencing to a lot of people.

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    Roberto says:

    does someone knows if Alvin Lee, Brian Auger, Mark Farner, Page or Plant, Dan McCafferty, Jhon Lawton said something about Jon Lord?

    Jon Lord played on Alvin Lee records and Brian Auger once said to me he liked Jon Lord’s music a lot…I was expecting comments…

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    LRT says:

    They were all acquainted and/or worked with him at least once, except for Farner who I highly doubt ever crossed paths with him but probably admired him, even though he never seemed too keyboard heavy himself. And I don’t know if he ever played with Page but they did meet somewhere along the line at least once in that late photo going around, it’s very likely it goes back somewhere… he’d pay his respects. Not sure if anything has been published by Plant but you’d think he would. Friend of the whole band including Ritchie and played with Jon and Ian. As we know. Some haven’t spoken many have, all kinds of people he played with, David Gilmour, Ron Wood, Andy Summers, Paul McCartney(all of who he played with) Yes he played live with Mac (to which there is a recording) as well as Harrison and knew them both and was friends with all those guys. I mean think what Hendrix would say, he jammed with him too.

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    Roberto says:

    I never knew Lord jammed with Hendrix but I remember Paicey saying he was going to play with Jimi but Vinnie never left in time the drums throne…so I can imagine jon was there too…
    when Lord palyed with Paul?
    I think the ‘Mac’ you are referring to is not your Pc…the Fleetwoods?
    Remembering that picture Lord-Page meeting was just a question of food (I suppose)…
    Thanks L. for your reply…

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    Joacim says:

    Jon Lord bought the Hammond organ from Christine McVie…

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