Famous British rock band Deep Purple’s co-founder and keyboardist John Lord died on Monday at the age of 71. The musician was battling with pancreatic cancer for a long time. This man had invented a fusion of classical and heavy metal that took Deep Purple to the pinnacle of fame and made one of the most popular bands of the world.
A statement published on his official website announced the news and the reason of his death on Monday. The type of his cancer was fatal as he suffered a deadly blockage of the lung artery. He breathed his last in a clinic of London, surrounding by the loving members of his family.
This man was born on June 09, 1941, in Leicester, England. He took the lessons of classical music at his childhood. As a teen, he got involved with blues and started playing rhythms, jazz, and blues with groups in pubs. Later, he became extremely successful in blending these two different music genres by using a Hammond C3 organ. He used to distort the sound and rout it through amplifiers for creating a different impact and his experiment achieved huge success among the music lovers all over the world.
Despite being associated with a heavy metal band like Deep Purple, Lord never went far from his original root – classical. He is best known as the co-writer of the Deep Purple’s massive hit ‘Smoke on the Water’. Lord’s brilliance on keyboard combined Ritchie Blackmore’s virtuosic guitar playing, took the band to a different level of popularity. Depending on the dazzling performance of these two, the band showcased a string of rock classics like ‘Child in Time’, ‘Space Truckin’, ‘Highway Star’, etc.
The band was at its peak in the 1970s, while its name was uttered with the extremely famous Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, etc. The band sold more than 100 million albums. At that time, Lord even boasted that their music as valid as that of Beethoven.
Lord took retirement from the band in 2002. After that, he engaged himself on solo ventures and collaboration with others. Promoted by the group WhoCares, he worked in a single last year featuring the singer of Deep Purple Ian Gillan, drummer of Iron Maiden Nicko McBrain, guitarist of Sabbath Tony Iommi, and the former bassist of Metallica Jason Newsted.
Lord revealed that he was suffering from cancer and would take a break from professional life on August of the last year. However, he said to continue with songwriting that he described to be a part of his therapy. He expected to back in rhythm and to be cured from cancer by this year.
He fell short to keep his commitment and at last, succumbed to his disease.