Rocker Jon Lord, who founded Deep Purple and co-wrote their most famous song, Smoke On The Water, has died aged 71. The Leicester born keyboard player, who had pancreatic cancer, died in London today.
A statement on his website said he had passed "from Darkness to Light". The statement also said Lord was "surrounded by his loving family" when he died.
Last year, Lord told fans he was "fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure".
Jon started playi... Read more.
As sporting fever takes over the UK perhaps now is a good time to get into the Olympic mood with Musicland and join in the action. So go along to Musicland's Olympic Musical Relay 2012, covering three days of musical fun with three of the U.K.'s top players. The events are to be held at their Bromley and Romford showrooms, starting at 11 am and finishing at 4 pm. Refreshments will be available. Also (only on these dates) you can enjoy a 10% discount on all music books and a 20% discount on all musical accessories
Lane 1 – Korg will be the first to get off the ... Read more.
Ketron owners may be interested in these new products
“Song & Styles POP HITS ”
New Pen Drive containing Song Styles for Audya Series Keyboards ( Audya 4, Audya 5 & Audya 76 ) has been released to further extend the performances of musicians playing our products. This library is based on the most famous Disco and Pop music Hits of the 70’s and 80’s. For amore information visit the Ketron web site.
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News has been received from the new owner of Shrewsburys Buttermarket that the three manual 12 rank [ex-Ritz cinema Chatham Wurlitzer] will be allowed to remain in the venue. In the not to distant future, it could be this year, the Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust hope to start to run monthly organ concerts again.
The Trust [who own the organ] have been running concerts since it was installed in the building in 1988 up to 2010 when the building was closed after being placed into administration. Since then the property has been sold on and a £1 million re-furbishment ... Read more.
As we have mentioned previously in OrganFax news, Andover shoppers were treated to the sound of music on Saturday 30 June – music provided by top Dutch musician, DirkJan Ranzijn.
The entertainment was provided as part of the Chantry Centre’s Community Calendar and Dirk performed tirelessly throughout the day to help raise funds for Andover Young Carers. Sponsored by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society, Dirk entertained the s... Read more.
It’s probably impossible to be unaware of Jean Martyn’s present success in the music business unless, of course, one has one’s head in a sack or doesn’t own a television! Since her heroic progress through to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent last year, she has been the original whirling dervish, and her achievements have been well reported here on OrganFax. So find out more as we turn the Organfax Spotlight on Jean Martyn