July 17, 2012
Jon Lord, Deep Purple keyboardist, is dead at 71
From his obituary by Ben Sisario in today's New York Times:
In a recent interview, Mr. Lord demonstrated how he tailored the organ's sound for Deep Purple.
"Lovely a sound as it was, it wasn't quite giving me what I wanted," he said. "I could hear another sound in my head — something harder, something more throaty."
"You tap straight in and put it through a straight speaker," he added, "and you get a beast."
FunFact: "The song ["Smoke on the Water] is honored in Montreux [where the events leading up to its lyrics occurred] by a sculpture along the lake [Geneva] shore (right next to the statue of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury) with the band's name, the song title, and the riff in musical notes.
You could look it up.
the 28-year-old Lord in 1969.
Am I the only one who thinks the classical orchestra conductor in the video up top is having more fun than anyone else in the building?
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Thanks Joe, in 70's this band was on fire in high school no pun intended. Better yet watch the origional real deal here:
Get the live album from same time period called "Made in Japan". It will blow you away. Ian Paice on drums.
Posted by: friskypainter | Jul 18, 2012 4:32:54 PM
as good as the organ work in smoke on the water is/was, his totalwork is so much more. I wish I could explain.
Posted by: matt | Jul 18, 2012 12:10:21 PM
could we please have a little more cow bell !
Posted by: rob | Jul 17, 2012 1:37:19 PM
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