Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Les Paul: June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009

Is anyone not going to die this summer? (That joke, I guess, is still kicking. Barely.) Les Paul-a virtuoso jazz guitarist who pioneered the practice of multitrack recording and invented what is still the most beautiful electric guitar ever made, the Gibson Les Paul-died of pneumonia today in White Plains, New York. He was 94. He was great and very, very important. Above, a video for "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," the 1951 hit he recorded with his wife, Mary Ford.

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atipofthehat (#797)

Hats off to Les Paul.

KarenUhOh (#19)

There's a lot of everyone who owes him.

sailor (#396)

A real sweetheart too, with a great sense of humor and self-deprecation despite having pretty much invented the whole modern music thing. Huge sadness.

josh_speed (#97)

While Every Single Guitar [Especially the Les Pauls] Gently Weeps.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Thanks for this great link.

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