Legends Never Die

The sadness I feel when a musician whom I have no relationship with other than being a fan dies completely overwhelms me. Here I am with a heavy chest, feeling bad for someone I’ve never met but happened to be in my life since almost forever. Jon Lord was that kind of musician. Being introduced to keyboard lessons at age 6, I grew fond of that instrument. It was more than natural to be amazed the first time I heard Jon’s insane keyboard solos at a friend’s house. I was just 11 years old. The following year I bought my first Deep Purple album during a vacation in Paris. It was a special edition of Made In Japan, the legendary live album that still stands the test of time and is one of the best live albums ever recorded.

Deep Purple and Whitesnake, both of them featuring Jon Lord on the keyboards are amongst my favorite hard rock bands. Ready an’ Willing from Whitesnake, Machine Head, In Rock and Burn from Deep Purple are examples of albums that featured those unmistakable hammond solos. These albums and many others have been in my collection for years. I still remember waking up to Burn every single day for a full month and every single day, when the keyboard solo started, I asked myself “is this guy for real?”. Since those days I’ve dreamt having an hammond and play it like my hero… and I don’t tend to give up on my dreams. Jon was unbelievably talented and creative, a true lord of the hammond! On the stage he was a juggernaut, capable of rocking the hardest songs, always keeping up with Ritchie Blackmore and playing classical pieces the next moment if he felt like it. There’s never been and there’ll will never be someone like him.

I never had an opportunity to see Jon playing live. I wished I had. At least I still have my Deep Purple and Whitesnake records, and that’s how one know that legends never die. And Jon Lord was a fuckin legend!


Ricardo Sá Dias

Front-end developer of Musikki. A total music junkie. Keyboard and guitar player. Vinyl worshipper. Prog rock lover above all. Favourite artists: Pink Floyd, Genesis, Camel, Van der Graaf Generator, Yes, Steve Hackett, Weather Report, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Dio, Rainbow, The Doors, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, Lykke Li, Rita Redshoes, Madredeus, Sigur Rós, Mono... I could stay here forever. There's no blood in my veins. Just music.