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Les Paul R.I.P.


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Wow. And to think I was just assuming he'd go on forever and I'd catch one of his weekly NYC gigs any day now. Guess not.

 

Mad props to a man who played really up until the end. An innovator and a musician.

 

Rest in peace, Brother Les.

 

Peace.

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Beyond his guitar playing ability and his pioneering work in developing the solid-body electric guitar, his greatest contribution (IMO) was the invention of multi-track recording.

 

People toss around the word "genius" rather indiscriminately, but I think it applies in this case.

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I met Les on a few occassions. My father was friends with him and the singer in his trio. I even visited his house, and saw his original recording studio, the "octopus" multitrack recording machine and a new studio that he was planning. And more recently I had spent time hanging with Les's son.

 

So this is sad news on a personal front. It's something that I always knew would happen eventually, but it's sad nonetheless. Les loved to perform. The last time I saw him play live, he was still having a ball. He loved to play. And he loved to talk with the audience between songs.

 

Thank you for everything Les.

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We should rent out the Staples Center for HIM. I am sad, but at least his wasn't a life cut short by tragedy, but a very long and extremely full one. He was still playing once a week in New York well into his 90s.

 

I am sure that the average person has no idea how this man impacted every single recorded note on every single piece of recorded music in anyone's music collection.

 

God rest the Wizard of Waukesha.

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

Les Paul

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Between Les Paul & Leo Fender I don't know where we would be today with electric instruments and recording techniques and so many other things we all take for granted.

 

It would be easy for some to say that if these two gentleman hadn't come along that someone else would have invented all these things but then, someone else didn't - Les & Leo did.

 

Their legacy will live on without them of course. The magnitude of their contributions to the world of music is already off the scale and will only grow more so with time.

 

"If there's a Rock N Roll heaven, I bet they've got one Hell of a band".

 

 

 

 

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I am sure that the average person has no idea how this man impacted every single recorded note on every single piece of recorded music in anyone's music collection.

 

On this note, please let me recommend the following: http://www.thelanguageofmusic.com/

 

It's the story of legendary recording engineer Tom Dowd, who was also instrumental in the development of multitrack recording. And prominently featured in the documentary, talking about the very same topic is Mr. Les Paul.

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I am sure that the average person has no idea how this man impacted every single recorded note on every single piece of recorded music in anyone's music collection.

 

On this note, please let me recommend the following: http://www.thelanguageofmusic.com/

 

It's the story of legendary recording engineer Tom Dowd, who was also instrumental in the development of multitrack recording. And prominently featured in the documentary, talking about the very same topic is Mr. Les Paul.

 

No kidding! Anyone who would like to know how we listen to music the way we do should watch Les Paul: Chasing Sound and Tom Dowd: The Language of Music back-to-back. Les Paul built a hell of a plane, and Tom Dowd was a hell of a pilot.

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

Les Paul

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Without this: http://www.pioneertroubadours.com/images/LesPaul-697s.jpg

 

and this: http://www.geocities.com/rhodeschristopher/gear/LeoFender.gif

 

There would have been no this: http://www.solarnavigator.net/music/music_images/Jimi_Hendrix_on_stage_fender_stratocaster.jpg

 

Or this: http://www.learntheguitarnow.com/learn-guitar-blog/uploaded_images/jimmy-page-766042.jpg

 

or this: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/weber511/architecture/eric-clapton-picture-1.jpg

 

or this: http://www.hearya.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/angus_young-photo.jpg

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Walked into the gig last night and, as I expected he would, the guitar player had brought his goldtop Les Paul instead of his usual Tele. He took a moment to pay tribute to Les, and this crowd in the bar, very few musicians and without being asked, stood up and applauded the memory of Les Paul.

 

I never met him, but I feel I've lost a friend. Vaya con Dios, Les.

 

 

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Without this: http://www.pioneertroubadours.com/images/LesPaul-697s.jpg

 

and this: http://www.geocities.com/rhodeschristopher/gear/LeoFender.gif

 

There would have been no this: http://www.solarnavigator.net/music/music_images/Jimi_Hendrix_on_stage_fender_stratocaster.jpg

 

Or this: http://www.learntheguitarnow.com/learn-guitar-blog/uploaded_images/jimmy-page-766042.jpg

 

or this: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/weber511/architecture/eric-clapton-picture-1.jpg

 

or this: http://www.hearya.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/angus_young-photo.jpg

 

Not to mention, this:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t91/joeandlyndsey/sgtpepper.jpg

 

Or this:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t91/joeandlyndsey/darkside.gif

 

Or even this.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t91/joeandlyndsey/thriller.jpg

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

Les Paul

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Les Paul tells the story, that he invented the electric guitar in 1941!!!!!! It took him 10 years to convince a company to build it! Unbelievable...

Here's the interview:

 

RIP Les

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A great article from this morning's Oregonian about one man's very personal relationship with various of Les Paul's creations.

 

"It was a far better guitar than I was a guitarist, it was a Les Paul, and it was mine."

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

Les Paul

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