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Vintage 1984: Remembering Jon Lord

July 16, 2016

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Jon Lord passed away four years ago today.

To honour and remember Jon today we invite you on a bit of time travel. In early 1984 Jon was special guest on the BFBS Monday Rock Show with Jon Bennett.

With Whitesnake, Jon had just released the Slide It In album, so the interview includes talk about this and the Deep Purple reunion, which hadn’t been announced yet Jon expresses surprise at how often talk of a Deep Purple reunion came up – and much more.

Revered not just for his work with Deep Purple and Whitesnake, Jon’s Bach Onto This also served as theme music for this show.

Go back in time and listen to the full 55 minute radio show here and remember the good times.

Photo: Utrecht, Holland 1983, Frans van Arkel

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8 comments

  1. went to his house, his parents asked us in,he was at the pub,we were just going to leave a birthday present on door step.when he came back he was with his key board roadie,thought he would be a bit unhappy we were sat in his his house. but no he was a gent made us tea and we stayed over half an hour,will never forget his kindness he even let us see his gold discs,fancy coming home and seeing a 10 year old boy,me and my mum and dad in your front room no warning,never will be one like him again,such a talent. RIP Jon xx


  2. Legend…..in the true sense of the word. Say hello to my hero Dad Jon.


  3. Beautiful idea to remind us of Jon’s passing-away-day four years ago by that interesting interview from spring 1984. Thank you! — Wolfgang Mielke + http://www.perinique.de


  4. 4 years gone, but for sure, as present as before.


  5. anche al 40° anniversario si continuera’ a ricordare questa fantastica persona e meraviglioso musicista R.I.P. grande JON


  6. Great interview, thanks for posting. Always a gentleman with plenty of time for the fans, sadly missed but lives on through his music and archive interviews etc.


  7. Jon was an inspiring musician, character and person. Being a Deep Purple fan years and years before I became a journalist, I’m quite suspect to say he was the best interviewee I ever had. But he really was – a generous man with his memories. The camera lady had never heard of him before. After dealing with him, she wanted to know everything that gentleman had done.

    He may have left, but he’s not gone. He is always around as a memory. In the soundtrack of our lives and in his wit collected in places like this interview. Sorely missed.


  8. Jon is always with us, in his music, in our thoughts and in our memories.



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