It is amazing to me how many people have never heard of Les Paul. Of couse, most of these people are 25 or younger, so I guess it does make sense. Les had his best days long before they were born. He and his wife of the time, Mary Ford, had 36 gold records. Yeah, 36. That's a lot fo records sold. There was a time during the 40s and 50s when everyone knew who he was and what his music sounded like. In addition to his wonderful music, he also invented the solid body electric guitar. Let me say that again. He INVENTED the solid body electric guitar. Clapton, Hendrix, Van Halen, hell, every rock or metal guitarist in the last 50 years would have had nothing to play if it had not been for Les Paul. He created the electric guitar sound. He also pioneered overdubbing in the recording studio and created so many more recording techniques. Pink Floyd, the Beatles, any group that used overdubbing and recording studio techniques owes their very existence to this man. I am not overstating when I say that 106% of the music being produced today owes its existence to Les Paul. He had arthritis in his right hand, so he had his hand "set" so that he could hold the pick and play. When he was in hsi 80s, he was playing jazz in a trio one night a week, and he was filling the club every time he played. He recorded two of the most wonderful guitar albums ever created, both with another guitar great, Chet Atkins. He was a true renaissance man and he continued to be a renaissance man long after he was considered too old to be important anymore. He was, is, and always will be important to all forms of music, though. He played country, jazz, rock, pop, easy listening, big band, small group....if it was music he played it and played it well.
Rest well, Les. There are those of us who know just how important to music you were. You contributed more to music than nearly anyone else, and I include Michael Jackson, Elvis.....anyone. MJ and Elvis could not have existed without Les Paul and his genius.
You were one of the greats, and I have and will continue to shed tears for losing you and cheers for all the you did for everyone. Thanks.
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Lester William Profuss also known as Les Paul was an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible."His many recording innovations included overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording. He is often credited as being the 'father of modern music'.