A sad day for music and musicians in general.  I am a huge fan of Deep Purple, but with a bit of a controversial edge.  The songs which are most popular with the horrible AOR crowd (Smoke on the Water for example) are the most unrepresentative of the band.  Anyway, I can only thank Jon Lord for providing the soundtrack to a good deal of my life.  I wish he had gone on to provide us with more classical music that he finally found time to write in the latter stages of his life, but it was not to be. As I put on some of his best Deep Purple tunes, it reminds me how much better he became during the 90s (particularly with the truly staggering Purpendicular), never failing to prove that art improves with age.