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The Lord of the Hammond

An interview with Jon Lord recorded in June 2011 at the Blues en Bourgogne Festival in Le Creusot, France. It is relatively unknown as having been published in early July this year, it managed a whopping 32 views on Youtube by the time of this publication almost 2 months later. The fact that the video can not be embedded into other sites like ours, probably didn’t help matters.

It is always a delight to listen to Jon talking, and this is probably one of his last interviews — he was diagnosed with cancer just weeks later and withdrew from public eye for treatment.

A brief history of the miracle called Hammond organ, a layman accessible explanation of how the playing technique differs from the piano, the ups and downs of Purple, why Whitesnake was so much fun and why it stopped to be, working on the definitive Concerto recording, becoming an R&B musician again.

Head over to Youtube to watch the interview and come back here for some blues.

Thanks to Pascal Lefèvre and Jean-Philippe Porcherot for the videos and to Yvonne for the info.

6 Comments to “The Lord of the Hammond”:

  1. 1
    Andy Thompson says:

    Just a great guy

  2. 2
    Mike Whiteley says:

    What a half hour treasure of an interview !!
    It is always uplifting to hear Jon speak of the music that was both his life and his hobby.
    Of course,in hindsight we know that he wasn’t well at the time,even as he knocked wood and wished for continued good health.
    The Blues Project looked like a lot of fun.
    R.I.P. Jon.

  3. 3
    The Reunion says:

    Nice to see the Gandalf of Rock perform again here ???

  4. 4
    nupsi59 says:

    Nice (and sad) to see our hero performing and talking.

    I always loved him playing blues (Artwoods, Paice Ashton Lord, Hoochie Coochie Men, Blues Project)

    RIP Jon…

    Saw the Joe Bonamassa concert “Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks” on german TV (ZDF kultur) a few days ago… fantastic!

    You can find the entire concert on youtube, check it out!

    Have a nice Day!

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    God bless Jon Lord. I will never forget standing next to him whilst he was playing the Hammond at that Hootchie Cootchie band gig back in 2003. I was looking at the photos only a few weeks ago. RIP

  6. 6
    Rock Voorne says:

    So much for the belief in knocking on wood 🙁

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