Books, Movies, Music & Entertainment - RIP Les Paul
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08-13-09, 12:12 PM
Died this morning age 94. At least now, Willy DeVille and Billy Lee Riley, as well as Stevie, Jimi, Django, Henry Vestine and a few hundred others have a guitar tech in the neighborhood.
Thanks for posting this - lots of love for Les over in Foo as well...he was a giant in his class....we won't see the likes of Les again anytime soon.
09-03-09, 02:42 PM
I have a neat MP3 file of the song "Fly Like An Eagle" that features Les Paul talking to Steve Miller as a little kid. Les tells Steve: "Steve, you're really gonna go places".
It's a great but poor quality intro recording, it must have been made at a family gathering. I enjoy it every time I listen to it!
But Les Paul was so much more than a guitarist! Cribbed from the WSJ obituary:
Les Paul ... was one of the most influential figures in the history of popular music.
Guitarist, engineer, inventor, entertainer and hit-maker, Mr. Paul's influence extends far beyond his fluid, distinctive guitar style and the use of his signature Gibson Les Paul electric guitar by the likes of Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page, Slash and others.
Mr. Paul pioneered the use of multitrack recording, essentially inventing the precursor to today's recording studio. His style of playing with special sound-shifting effects and overdubbing established a school of guitar playing that shaped rock and jazz
... Mr. Paul is the only person who was named to the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, which summarizes both the how diverse and interconnected his achievements were.
Some claim he also invented the modern solid-body electric guitar.
Here (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125017956924129499.html) is the article, but it may require subscription to access.
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