Sad news: Musician Les Paul died today

If you are interested in hearing music and reflections from people who worked with and cared deeply about Les Paul, I heard tributes going on at two NY metro area stations: WFUV 90.7FM in NYC and WUSB 90.1FM in Stony Brook.

(excerpt from) The Guardian UK
Esther Addley / Thursday 13 August 2009

Les Paul, the legendary guitarist and inventor whose technical innovations were fundamental to the birth of rock’n’roll, died today. He was 94.

According to Gibson, the firm which sold the first Les Paul electric guitars in 1952, “the world’s most influential innovative guitar player and inventor” died of complications from extreme pneumonia in hospital in White Plains, New York…

Born Lester Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1915, he was a radio star in country, or “hillbilly” as it was known, and jazz by his early 20s. But it was for his creation of one of the first solid-bodied electric guitars that he would become most celebrated…

Wikipedia notes:

His many recording innovations included overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.

His innovative talents extended into his unique playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day.

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