Bad news

October 11, 2006

Due to unknown reasons I’ve lost entire solo discography section… It’shard to rebuilt it in details and it took a lot of time to prepare the first version. Thus I’ve decided to link a WIkipedia discography of JL (“Jon Lord Links” section) instead. If any of you have copied the discography I’ve put online, let me know. Sorry.


The Sunflower Jam DVD?

October 8, 2006


Few days ago rumours surfaced that the Sunflower Jam will be released on DVD as the show was filmed. I contacted people at the charity and they have confirmed that the show was filmed and may be released on DVD sometime in future BUT there are no immediate plans for that, so we shouldn’t get too excited as for the moment.

Sir Malcolm Arnold dies at 84

September 24, 2006

Photo by John P. Blake

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s output was prolific, including symphonies, concertos, ballet music and more than a hundred film scores.

But while some regarded him as one of the pre-eminent composers of his generation, others saw him as superficial and flippant.

The youngest of five children from a prosperous Northampton family of shoemakers, Malcolm Arnold was a rebellious teenager who was attracted to the creative freedom of jazz.

After seeing Louis Armstrong play in Bournemouth, he took up the trumpet, and at 17, won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music.

By 1943, he was a principal trumpeter with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and, throughout his life, he retained a love of music for brass.

Malcolm Arnold was given exemption from the armed forces during World War II, but his desire to serve became compelling after the death of his brother in the RAF.

However, he was turned down by the parachute regiment and then by the Navy.
When he was finally put into the infantry, he likened it to being relegated from principal trumpeter at the London Philharmonic to performing in a bus band. He ensured his return to civvy street by shooting himself in the foot.

By 1943, his gifts as a composer became apparent when he wrote the overture Beckus the Dandipratt. He followed it with a horn concerto in 1945, a symphony for strings and, in 1948, a clarinet concerto.

Film scores

He then turned mainly to composing, his first symphony being performed in 1950. Three years later, he wrote a Coronation ballet, Homage to the Queen, which was premiered at Covent Garden.

Malcolm Arnold developed a style of music that had a general appeal without being banal. His growing reputation brought him many commissions including film scores.

Among them were Whistle Down the Wind, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness and the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Arnold’s private life grew turbulent

The latter won him an Oscar for his brilliant counterpoint melody to the Colonel Bogie march.

In the 1960s, following the breakdown of his marriage, Malcolm Arnold moved to Cornwall with his second wife. By the end of the 1970s though, his life degenerated into alcoholism. It ruined his second marriage.

By 1978, he had written eight symphonies, but his Ninth took several years to complete. Indeed, his life might have ended too but for the loving care of a friend, Anthony Day, to whom his Ninth Symphony is dedicated.

He was knighted in 1993.

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s unpretentious music was almost invariably appreciated by performers and audiences alike. He said he wanted to be remembered as an honest composer.

The Sunflower Jam – 14 Sep 2006

September 16, 2006

Name the band...

Paul Weller, Jon Lord, Robert Plant, Ian Paice

Jacky Paice, Frida, Vicky Lord at the Sunflower Jam. Photo by Fin Costello

The Sunflower Jam

This unique event was held on 14th September 2006 in aid of the Complementary Therapy Team working within cancer services at University College London Hospital (UCLH) working with children, young people and adults with cancer. It costs £5000 per year for one therapist to work for one day a week on the wards with the patients, their families and the staff.

This special evening, organised by Jacky Paice, was to raise awareness and money and all proceeds from this event will go to The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust for more therapists to work in this important area by providing emotional and physical support, both within the Acute Cancer Care Unit and Outpatient’s Department, supporting patients from diagnosis to journeys end. Details at:

Both Ian Paice and Jon Lord have visited the children undergoing treatments and receiving therapies to see for themselves the integrated care and facilities at the hospital. As a result of these visits the idea of this fundraising evening was born. With support from HRH The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health, which aims to facilitate the development of safe, effective and efficient forms of healthcare by encouraging conventional and complementary practitioners to work together to promote a holistic approach for the individual and some great names already on board the evening will consist of a sit down meal, auction and raffle finishing with a one off musical jam!

There were performances from Robert Plant, Ian Paice, Jon Lord, Paul Weller, Phil Manzanera, Linda Lewis, and Sam Brown supported by a Celebrity House Band including renowned musicians Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens, Margo Buchanan, Nick Fyffe and Bernie Marsden.


Linda Lewis: Sideways Shuffle (Linda Lewis), It’s In His Kiss (Betty Everett & Linda Lewis)

Bernie Marsden: Hush (Deep Purple)
Margo Buchanan: Black Night (Deep Purple)
Sam Brown: Burn (Deep Purple)

Paul Weller: Say You Don’t Mind (Denny Lane version), Never Found A Girl (Eddie Floyd), Feeling Alright (Joe Cocker)

Robert Plant: I’m Your Witchdoctor (John Mayall), What Is And What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin), Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley), Crawling Up A Hill (John Mayall), For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield), Ramble On (Led Zeppelin), Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin)

The Sunflower Jam: Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson)

Smiler6 was at the Sunflower Jam, here’s what he wrote at the Highway Star forum about the event:

“I was lucky enough to be there. After the first two numbers with Linda Lewis, Jon Lord came on and the band (including Paice, Bernie Marsden, another keyboardist, percussionist and bassist plus three backing singers of which one was Sam Brown) launched into Hush, sung rather well by Bernie. A woman singer then gave us Black Night and Sam Brown then sang “Burn”. This, for me, was when it started getting surreal and dreamy. Paul Weller then came on and performed three covers (he was great and his voice went well with the old hammond sound). He was then replaced by Robert Plant who did the best part of an hour. It was… incredible. To be honest a lineup of Plant, Marsden, Lord and Paice would be a wonderful band and this performance proved it. They sounded incredible. A supergroup who was meant to be!!! I hope it gets repeated… somewhere! The encore saw Paul Weller join the band for one last number. Classic. Some grainy pics are at”

You can also read Mark Smith’s review of the show at

Plus one more photo:



“Sarabande” reissue

September 3, 2006

DPAS informs that Jon Lord’s “Sarabande” album is finally getting reinstated to the Purple Records catalogue after being out of print for a couple of years. The artwork has had to be redone due to the loss of files at the pressing plant but the changes are not huge. The music remains the same. The album is thirty years old this year and remains one of Jon’s most popular works. You can pre-order at the dpas online store, who expect copies towards the end of September.

JL wasn’t to appear at the German show on 26th Aug

September 1, 2006

I have just came across a post by JL himself on the HS forum in which he says he wasn’t appearing at the German Soundfestival show on 26th Aug. Here’s the message:

Hi All
I am not, and never have been, appearing at this concert.
Kindest regards

Sorry for misleading information.

Tony Ashton & Friends – Live at Abbey Road 2000

August 25, 2006

CD/DVD: Tony Ashton & FriendsEndangered Spieces. Live at Abbey Road 2000 (August 2006, T2 Media)

The idea for this special and unique evening came from Jon Lord and Pete York, and it was held at Abbey Road Studio One in London to show support for their friend Tony Ashton. The CD edition (which has a special booklet with pictures from the gig) includes a great three track set from Tony Ashton and friends, a six track set from the old Whitesnake wrecking crew (minus David Coverdale), including a stripped down version of “Here I Go Again” done by just Bernie and Jon, and a track from Who man John Entwistle. Perhaps the most unique feature of the CD is the first and only Paice Ashton Lord reunion, right down to the brass and female backing singers. Sadly the event turned out to be Tony’s last night of rock and roll – he died just a year later. This release has been mixed from recordings made by the legendary Geoff Emerick (who engineered The Beatles) and prepared with the full co-operation of his wife Sandra – a great souvenir of what was a very enjoyable and moving occasion. Details at

CD artwork

The CD is now available and can be obtained at,,,,, and at

DVD: Paice/Ashton/LordLive In London (2006, T2 Media)

The DVD comprises the only filmed live performance of PAL in London ’77 plus contemporary documentary – “Lifespan”. Details at

CD: Hoochie Coochie MenNew Studio Album (2006/2007)

Jon Lord guests on most of the tracks from the new HCM album. He recorded his parts in July in London. Details at

CD: Jon LordNew Studio Album (2006/2007)

It is yet to be confirmed whether JL’s new regular studio album will be released this year or the next. No details have been yet announced.

CD: Boom Of The Tingling Strings & Disguises by Jon Lord (2007, EMI Classics)

EMI Classics will record both works in the second week of Dec 2006 for release in 2007. Jon Lord won’t be playing on the album.