8/18/09

Remind Les Paul - The great jazz guitarist and inventor


Remind Les Paul - The great jazz guitarist and inventor
Les Paul died on August 13th, 2009 due to complications from pneumonia; He was 94 years old.

Lester William Polfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 August 13, 2009) was an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations include overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.

Les Paul Tribute - BLUE SUEDE SHOES

Guitarists
Les Paul, Stray Cats, B.B. King, Eddie Van Halen, Jan Hammer, Steve Miller, David Gilmour, Stanley Jordan.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed

The original Gibson Les Paul guitar design regained popularity when Eric Clapton began playing the instrument a few years later (although he also played an SG and an ES-335). Paul resumed his relationship with Gibson, and endorsed the original Les Paul guitar from then on (though his personal Gibson Les Pauls were much modified by him — Paul always used his own self-wound pickups and customized switching on his guitars). To this day, various models of Gibson Les Paul guitars are used all over the world, by both novice and professional guitarists. A less expensive version of the Les Paul guitar is also manufactured for Gibson's lower-priced Epiphone brand.

Les Paul and the les pulverizer


Death
On August 13, 2009, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York. His family and friends were by his side. His attorney stated to the media that Paul had been "in and out of the hospital" because of illness.

Upon learning of his death, many artists and musicians paid tribute by expressing their sorrow in various news media. Among those who paid tribute were Saul Hudson (Slash), Trey Anastasio, Joe Satriani, Brian "Head" Welch, Tom Morello, Ace Frehley, Tad Kubler, John 5, Keith Richards, Randy Bachman, Brian May, B.B. King and The Edge. After learning of Paul's death, former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash called him "vibrant and full of positive energy". U2 guitarist The Edge said, "His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten."

Les Paul website http://www.lespaulonline.com
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Remind Les Paul - The great jazz guitarist and inventor

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