Today the world lost one of the great musical talents, inventors, and masters of musical/technological ingenuity. The incredible Mr. Les Paul.
Sadly, this 94-year-old legend was probably unknown to many younger musicians except by the Gibson guitar that bears his name.
A great guitar picker in his own right, his more astounding achievement, perhaps, is his innovations in recording techniques, including overdubbing, multi-track recording, and tape delays. Our entire recording industry today owes a debt of gratitude to Les Paul for these contributions.
Take a look at these videos for an example of his genius. The first is with his wife, singer Mary Ford with the classic “How High the Moon”, a song I first heard in my youthful days performed by 1980’s British rockabilly band the Polecats. When I did a little research into the original Les Paul version and finally heard it for myself, I was completely blown away.
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Les Paul continued to play live shows into his 90’s. Guitar greats of the last 50 years have paid homage to this man. Long live the music and memory of the legendary Les Paul!