Jon Lord was best known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms, especially with Deep Purple, as well as Whitesnake, Paice Ashton Lord, The Artwoods, and his solo career as a composer and performer during and after his time in Deep Purple. In 1968 Lord co-founded Deep Purple. As well as collaborating on most of the band's best known songs he also created the landmark fusion of Group and Orchestra when Deep Purple and The Royal Philharmanic Orchestra famously played his Concerto at The Royal Albert Hall. He and drummer Ian Paice were the only continuous presence in the band from 1968 to 1976, and also from when it reformed in 1984 until his retirement from Deep Purple in 2002. Jon Lord is recognised as a leading pioneer of rock music with his unique hammond sound. On 11 November 2010, he was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of Stevenson College in Edinburgh, Scotland. On 15 July 2011, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree by the University of Leicester.