Thursday, August 13, 2009

Legendary Les Paul dead at 94

The music world today lost one of its key innovators from the modern era. Les Paul, legendary guitarist and musician, died in New York at the age of 94. Paul was a "brilliant jazz guitarist whose exposure on coast-to-coast radio programs guaranteed a wide audience of susceptible young musicians.”[1] It has been said that his solid body guitar (like those pictured above) "made the sound of rock and roll possible.”[2] And while I'm not a guitarist, I can appreciate the contributions he made to the genres of music I love the most, namely blues, rock and jazz.
Many of my favorite guitarists sport various Les Paul models, including Neal Schon of Journey (pictured, left). Your favorite rock, blues or jazz god certainly has one in his collection. Paul's significant influence in the music biz over the last 80 years cannot be overstated, but you can find links below to support that claim.[3]

I am just thankful that he used his God-given talent to make a mark on the world, to inspire and influence thousands of artists and to leave a lasting musical legacy.

A few other bloggers have begun to buzz about today's sad news, leaving a tribute to the greatness that was Les Paul:

If you're so inclined, you can sample an audio clip of The Les Paul Show, Episode 1, from Whatever you do, please leave a comment here or on my Facebook page to share your Les Paul memories.

Les Paul
June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009

1. (written by by Richard S. Ginell) -
3. Official Les Paul Website -

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