Jon Lord

Nombre Jon Lord
Birth date 1941
Paîs United-Kingdom
Ciudad desconocido

Whitesnake


1978 1984 The Band's Page

Jon Douglas Lord (born Leicester 9 June 1941) is an English composer, Hammond organ and piano player.

He is recognised for his Hammond organ blues-rock sound and for his pioneering work in fusing rock and classical or baroque forms. He was most famously a member of Deep Purple, as well as of Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.

In 1968, Lord co-founded Deep Purple. He and drummer Ian Paice were the only constant band members during the band's existence from 1968 to 1976 and from when they reformed in 1984 until Lord's retirement in 2002.

One of his most ambitious works was his composition Concerto for Group and Orchestra which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969 with Deep Purple (Lord with Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and Ian Paice) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The concerto was revisited for its 30th anniversary in 1999 with another performance at the Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Deep Purple's current guitarist Steve Morse replaced Ritchie Blackmore.

Lord had been considering leaving the band for some time. Approaching age 60, he was tiring of the busy touring schedule, while the revival of his concerto had renewed his interest in composing. In 2001, Don Airey was hired to substitute Lord for a month after a knee injury. Lord decided to leave the band for good in 2002.

He is married to Vickie, the twin sister of Ian Paice's wife, Jackie. They both live in the United Kingdom.