Guitar legend-inventor Les Paul dies at age 94

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By LUKE SHERIDAN, Associated Press Writer

2009-08-13 -20 mins ago

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Les Paul, who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock ‘n’ roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94. According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.

As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll with 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.

The use of electric-amplified guitars gained popularity in the mid-to-late 1940s, and then exploded with the advent of rock in the mid-’50s.

“Suddenly, it was recognized that power was a very important part of music,” Paul once said. “To have the dynamics, to have the way of expressing yourself beyond the normal limits of an unamplified instrument, was incredible. Today a guy wouldn’t think of singing a song on a stage without a microphone and a sound system.”

“Without Les Paul, we would not have rock and roll as we know it,” said Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “His inventions created the infrastructure for the music and his playing style will ripple through generations. He was truly an architect of rock and roll.”

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  1. says Adieu to Les Paul we will meet on the other side of the grave beyond. You’ve left a good ensample for others to follow. Bye!

  2. Its pretty sad when a legend passes on. But that’s why they are called legends. I’m so much into music so I was in a bit of a shock when I heard the news. But at least he lived a long life and witness a number of various music genres formulated throughout the years. Let’s honour Les by keep rocking on!

    • I agree 100 per cent. We are just losing too many legends of late and it always feels like losing a family member when it happens — doesn’t it? The wonderful thing about musical legends is we have the music preserved to keep the legends living forever! Thank you so much for your comments. They are most appreciated.

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