DON'T FORGET - LES PAUL
Legendary guitar and recording innovator Les Paul, 94, died Aug. 13 from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital. A key pioneer in electric guitar sounds, responsible for developing and lending his name to what many consider rock ‘n’ roll’s definitive guitar,
Paul’s career spanned from the jazz age through the new millennium. Every Monday, he played two sets at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club.
“Les was a renaissance man,” says Patti Smith guitarist and rock historian Lenny Kaye. “He was many things: a great inventor, a great conceptualizer. But for me he was a great musician, who played with feeling and originality.” Paul’s early innovations in the development of the solidbody
guitar would become the template for Gibson’s bestselling electric, the iconic Les Paul model, introduced in 1952. Among Paul’s other technological innovations were evelopments in multitrack recording, guitar effects and the mechanics of sound in general.