When did I stop saying “died”? Jon Lord died today.
Born in 1941 Lord was a huge influence on keyboard players that followed him. (You may detect that I am not the biggest fan of keyboard players, never as sexy as guitar players, let alone sax players) having said that, he was one of rock greats.
He began playing jazz with the Bill AshtonCombo, went on to play with the Artwoods, Best remembered for being a founding member of Deep Purple he was so much more than that. Jon Lord was a jazzer that took to rock and new the blues intimately. I, for one will miss him.