Jul 162012

I was never a fan of Deep Purple. Despite not fully liking anything by them but “Hush,” organist Jon Lord was A-OK in my book. Now he’s dead. That’s a shame. It’s only fitting that we give him his proper send off.

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  13 Responses to “Jon Lord Dead”

  1. 2000 Man

    Wow, I completely didn’t expect to see that! Whatever you think of Deep Purple (I think they’re okay, but better in small doses), Jon Lord was one of the most distinctive players Rock music ever had. Cancer sucks. I wish someone would kill it already.

  2. misterioso

    Sorry to hear this. Perhaps it is inappropriate to muscle in someone else’s death, but I have been busy and dropped the ball a couple of weeks ago and failed to craft a eulogy for Victor Spinetti, the only non-Beatle to appear in all three Beatle movies. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/movies/victor-spinetti-dies-at-82-actor-in-all-3-beatles-films.html

    My apologies to the late Jon Lord, and I like “Hush,” too; yet, in a way, not as much as this wacked out performance of “Highway Star,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRt3PIDER94 which I am sure I have posted several times before.

  3. Country music giantess, Kitty Wells, and Motown Funk Brother bassist, Bob Babbitt, have also died. R.I.P.

  4. Mr. Babbitt’s discography: http://www.bobbabbitt.com/disc.htm

  5. I’m not being factious, but I’m surprised to hear that Kitty Wells was still alive.

  6. To tell you the truth, I was, too. She was 92.

  7. I wasn’t even sure she was a real person. I might have thought she was a brothel owner from a John Wayne movie.

  8. Belatedly: David St. Hubbins.

  9. I’m with you on DP. I liked Machine Head and the Made in Japan version of Space Truckin’ when I was 12 or 13, but pretty much all the rest of their gear seemed like a comedy skit a la Spinal Tap, as you mentioned.

    And when people raved about Blackmore’s guitar playing, well, it didn’t make their music any better or worse, it was just guitar playing.

    Speaking of Spinal Tap, I always thought Status Quo was the film’s go-to piss-take.

  10. Welcome aboard, Tony Tea! Yes, I’ve heard of Status Quo being a model for Spinal Tap too.

  11. Not a bad discography! I didn’t realize he played on those great Spinners songs.

  12. …AND the “Animal House” theme!

  13. Bummer. Jon Lord was amazing. His organ sound certainty kept pace with the loudest heaviest guitars of the day.

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