Deep Purple co-founder Jon Lord passes

7-16-12 : We are saddened to report that Deep Purple organist co-founder Jon Lord passed away from pancreatic cancer. Lord co-wrote several of Deep Purple’s most famous songs including “Smoke on the Water”, “Space Truckin’ “, “Child in Time”, “Strange Kind of Woman”, lending a towering thunderous Hammond organ which defined Deep Purple’s sound. After Deep Purple disbanded in 1976, Jon Lord joined Whitesnake, making significant contributions particularly on their U.S. breakthrough  1984 album Slide It In. Lord then  reformed Deep Purple with whom he continued to perform until 2002. Jon Lord was 71. Our sincere condolences to his mates and family. – Redbeard

I am not a relativist . I don’t think that a particular musician’s or band’s merit to qualify for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should in any way be compared to others already inducted . To denigrate a previous inductee relative to another performer yet to be voted in , in order to make the latter’s case , is not only shaky logic but is both unflattering and unfair to both .

That being said , I must confess that the list of bands waiting to be seated in the Rock Hall ( e.g. Deep Purple ,YES , Jethro Tull , KISS, Moody Blues , Chicago , Doobie Brothers , AC/DC , The Cars) has become much more impressive  and interesting  than the list of annual inductees lately . Such is the case for Deep Purple , whose lead singer Ian Gillan and bass player Roger Glover join me  In The Studio for the 40th anniversary of their iconic hard rock masterpiece Machine Head . Writing on , Ed Rivadavia  correctly points out that “ Led Zeppelin IV , Black Sabbath Paranoid , and Machine Head by Deep Purple are the Holy Trinity of British hard rock …”. Simply put , hard rock and heavy metal would not exist  without them, including Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”, “Highway Star”,”Space Truckin’ “ , and “Lazy”   ( don’t take my word for it , ask inductees such as Slash of Guns’n’Roses ) .  Yet only two of those three seminal bands are actually in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . – Redbeard