Legendary bassist Bob Daisley
(pictured below; OZZY OSBOURNE
, BLACK SABBATH
, URIAH HEEP
, GARY MOORE
) has released the following statement regarding the passing of former DEEP PURPLE
keyboardist Jon Lord
"[Monday was] a sad day. Jon Lord
has 'left the building.'
put the 'deep' into PURPLE
; he contributed greatly to their sound. Whatever he did musically was first-class.
"I feel privileged, honoured and grateful to have been able to work and create with him. He was a great musician and a true gentlemen. He gave his Hammond
organ and Leslie
speaker a special 'growl.' My joke nickname for him was 'Growly Hammond.'
has departed, as we all must, but he'll never be forgotten. He was truly one of the greats. He's in the 'real world' now, so rock on, Jon
!" Jon Lord
died on Monday (July 16) at age 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Lord
, who was known for his keyboard virtuosity and his reinvention of the Hammond B-3 organ sound, co-wrote such PURPLE
classics as "Smoke On The Water"
and "Child In Time"
, among others. Lord
and drummer Ian Paice
were the only original members to last through the band's initial run from 1968 to 1976. He was on board for their 1984 reunion and stayed on through to his 2002 retirement from the band, after which he's worked primarily in the classical field.
Over the course of his career, Lord
also worked with the ARTWOODS
, FLOWER POT MEN
, PAICE, ASHTON AND LORD
and good friend and neighbor, George Harrison