Friday, August 14, 2009

Les Paul (1915-2009)

Musician. Inventor. Icon. Les Paul was all of these, an influence on many of today's guitarists, including Slash, Jimmy Page, & Eddie Van Halen. Paul passed away earlier this week at 94 after a bout with pneumonia.

Paul was a regular on the top 40 charts in the 50's with his then-wife, Mary Ford, but is better remembered for creating a number of innovations still used in the music industry today, including multi-layered, multi-track recordings, and of course, the guitars. I am not certain if Paul is already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but he is in the Inventors' Hall of Fame. If he hasn't been enshrined in Cleveland yet, he most certainly will be next year.

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