LES PAUL, 1915-2009

August 13, 2009

LES PAUL, 1915-2009

The Associated Press is reporting that Les Paul died this morning at the age of 94…

From the Associated Press:

“Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday. He was 94.

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

As an inventor, Paul helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll and multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the “tracks” in the finished recording.”

For more on Paul’s unparalleled career and wide ranging influence, check out Jesse Gress’ excellent “10 Things You Gotta Do to Play Like Les Paul” from the June 2009 issue of Guitar Player. The article can be found here.

via LES PAUL, 1915-2009.

Les was a true innovator and all of us in the industry owe him so much. He will be sadly missed.