Thursday, August 13, 2009

Les Paul, guitarmaster RIP

Les Paul, guitarist and inventor, has died at 94. How important was he to contemporary music? Well, he was an important developer of the solid body electric guitar, and as well successfully messed around with recording techniques like echo and multi-tracking. As well, he was an accomplished guitarist with a rich recording career.

Here he is with Chet Atkins

And here he is with Mary Ford



sp said...

I loved the Mary Ford and Les Paul song. The Pin Quick ad was funny (just what I need for my hair...silicone!)

I've never seen him play before. I was aware of him because of the Les Paul guitar, but had never heard him. Thanks.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was actually surprised to find out what a rich recording career he had, assuming (as I am sure most people did) that he merely (merely!) invented the electric guitar.