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Jon Lord has passed away

Jon and JornI am deeply sorry to hear that once again cancer has taken a great man and musician away from us.
I've had the great pleasure of working with Jon Lord, and during  the time we spent together he showed himself as  a true gentleman, and a focused and dedicated musician.
He was an understanding and kind person to be around.
I have one treasured memory from when we did some interviews together; a journalist asked Jon if he thought it was very obvious that Jorn Lande had been influenced by 70's era singers,
and Jon Lord’s earlier fellow musicians. Jon’s answer was: “ influenced maybe, but Jorn has developed his own uniqe sound and singing technique".
To hear this coming from Jon, one of my heroes in music, was a great recognition and it made me very proud and humble.

I'm not used to doing church concerts with a huge orchestra, as I did with Jon Lord in 2007, so I was feeling quite nervous about the gig, but Jon was very understanding and comforting and he made me feel at ease.
The concert at the “Nidarosdomen” cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, was sold out and a huge success, and it was a wonderful experience to participate.
I will forever remember and cherish the lunches, the walks, and the rehearsals, together with the greatest maestro of them all!
My thoughts go to his family and friends in their sorrow.
Jon, you will forever be pictured within.