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Legendary Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died Monday from a health complication as a result of his fight with cancer. He was 71. Last year he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the fourth most-common type of the killer disease – but vowed to return to health, saying music would play a major part in his recuperation. An official press statement says: “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16 July, at the London Clinic after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.” Take a moment to honour him with a song he helped co-write, which will go down in history as one of the most iconic rock songs of all time.
Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant has confirmed the rumors that he married Patty Griffin last year. He said he eloped and ran off to Texas, spending half of his time there and half in the UK. In Texas, the couple lives in what Plant describes as “an old crack house in Austin,” a rented place infested with termites. He says, “I tap my hand on the table and they fly out the walls in this huge cloud, like something from a Disney film.” Wouldn’t you think he’s got at LEAST enough money to call an exterminator?
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been voted the UK’s favorite Number 1 single of all-time. The Official Charts Company and ITV conducted a nationwide poll in honor of 60 years of the Official Singles Chart. Queen’s 1975 classic was revealed as #1, Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was at Number 2, while Adele’s “Someone Like You” (Number 3), Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back In Anger” (Number 4) and The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (Number 5) completed the Top 5.
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