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Hate to see you go

Today, July 16th, marks 10 years since dear Jon is no longer with is. Here’s something-something for you to raise a glass in his memory.

Back in 2003 he arrived to Australia to endulge his classical side, but could not play the piano due to an injury. Fortunately, he could still play the Hammond (we are being told that the muscles involved are rather different). An impromptu performance of blues standards with local talent featuring Bob Daisley was arranged and filmed. We’ll take that, thankyouverymuch.

Thanks to Bob Daisley for the clips.

10 Comments to “Hate to see you go”:

  1. 1
    Adel Faragalla says:

    If I had a penny for every time I remembered our beloved Jon Lord I would have been a millionaire.
    Jon is alive and well and in my heart forever.
    Carry on Jon
    Peace 👍

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    George in Ohio says:

    One of the saddest days of my life. I got an email from Jon’s website that I never wanted to see – that he had “sadly passed away.” We can only speculate on how much additional music was still in this genius gentleman that we never will hear. Whether it was rock, classical, blues, you name it, Jon always delivered the goods with intelligence, wit, creativity, and class. Absolutely love how he effortlessly changed gears from his classical plans to do a blues concert instead. Typical of Jon!

    Moreover, he was a sterling model of how we all can strive to be the best human being we can be. I’ve had the privilege of talking to a few people who knew him very well (Paul Mann, Colin Hart, Bernhard Welz) and they all vouch for the fact that he was truly a kind, gracious person to all. Our world would be in much better shape if we all followed his example.

    You are greatly missed, Maestro. But your legacy lives on. Thanks, Jon, for adding so much joy to my life and the lives of so many others.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    That Green Onions clip brings back fond memories of the gig I was at. The Coolum Golf Resort on the Sunshine coast Queensland. I have photos that look exactly the same as that shot of Jon Lord & it was surreal to be standing that close to the maestro watching him playing those classic rock ‘n roll tunes & melodies. Not to mention when he also broke into a Purple riff or two, wonderful. Like all good people, he will always be remembered by the people that were close to him & all those who knew him through his contribution to the evolution of music & life in general. Forever enshrined in those Hallowed Halls of World Music.

  4. 4
    Rev. Harry Longfallis says:

    I’ll always miss hearing the album he was planning with Rick Wakeman, but didn’t get to do. That one piece they played at the Sunflower Jam (“It’s not as big as it was”) was fantastic!

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    After 10 years there is still not a comprehensive release out – ignoring the posthumous concert, which was commendable and a great event – showing the man’s breadth of work. Something that goes from the Artwoods to his last classical works and everthing in between. I find that criminal. Jon deserves something better than Spotify.

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    Dr. Bob says:

    When I think about the music that I love the most (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), they played vastly different styles of hard rock, but what they have in common is a riff-driven heavy sound rooted in the blues. Jon Lord said, “I always felt with Purple that inspite of all the bombast and the loudness onstage, I always felt it had one foot just dragging back in the blues”.

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Dr. Bob: No question, Purple always had a distinct Brit blues influence. It was paired with Lord’s and Blackmore’s penchant for classical melodies (making DP sound very ‘Yuropean’, “as Yuropean as a vampire movie” a US critic once wrote about Burn, I knew what he meant) while Zep combined their blues influence with folk and ethno music ingredients.

    I’m with you about the riff-driven thing btw. To this day, music lacking notable guitar riffs as musical motifs doesn’t really register with me, that is why U2, Coldplay or Green Day have a hard time with me. The first hard rock song I took notice of as a kid was this here:


    It’s been the blueprint of what I really, really like to this day. And the Alice Cooper Group’s riff-heavy anthem led me in pretty much a straight line to Deep Purple. And thinking about it: When Bob Ezrin, who had produced School’s Out so magnificently, joined forces with DP it was like the best of both worlds coming together for me!

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    Kevin Kivlin says:

    Some very tasty bass playing by Bob Daisley on 24/7 Blues .

  9. 9
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Daisley is a kick-ass bass player.

  10. 10
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Look what I found! Jon with Little Ian and Paul Martinez of PAL,backing Maggie Bell (treading water between the dissolution of PAL and their subsequent departure to Whitesnake and Robert Plant (Martinez), no keyboard solo, but Jon is well audible as is Paicey.


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