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scoutship
08-13-09, 12:42 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/08/13/ST2009081301806.html


What a band they're gettin' together over there.

Gold_And_Rose
08-13-09, 02:10 PM
Rest In Piece Les Paul, your music will be sorely missed...=(

If it wasn't for him, most of our recording technology and electric guitars would not exist.

Steev
08-13-09, 02:27 PM
A quick Synopsis I just found . . . . R.I.P.
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(CNN) -- Les Paul, whose innovations with the electric guitar and studio technology made him one of the most important figures in recorded music, has died, according to a statement from his publicists. Paul was 94.
Les Paul, whose innovations helped give rise to modern pop music, played guitar into his 90s.

Les Paul, whose innovations helped give rise to modern pop music, played guitar into his 90s.

Paul died in White Plains, New York, from complications of severe pneumonia, according to the statement.

Paul was a guitar and electronics mastermind whose creations -- such as multitrack recording, tape delay and the solid-body guitar that bears his name, the Gibson Les Paul -- helped give rise to modern popular music, including rock 'n' roll. No slouch on the guitar himself, he continued playing at clubs into his 90s despite being hampered by arthritis.

"If you only have two fingers [to work with], you have to think, how will you play that chord?" he told CNN.com in a 2002 phone interview. "So you think of how to replace that chord with several notes, and it gives the illusion of sounding like a chord."

Lester William Polfuss was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1915. Even as a child he showed an aptitude for tinkering, taking apart electric appliances to see what made them tick.

"I had to build it, make it and perfect it," Paul said in 2002. He was nicknamed the "Wizard of Waukesha."

In the 1930s and '40s, he played with several big band singers, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters, as well as with his own Les Paul Trio. In the early 1950s, he had a handful of huge hits with his then-wife, Mary Ford, such as "How High the Moon" and "Vaya Con Dios."

His guitar style, heavily influenced by jazzman Django Reinhardt, featured lightning-quick runs and double-time rhythms. In 1948, after being involved in a severe car accident, he asked the doctor to set his arm permanently in a guitar-playing position.

Paul also credited Crosby for teaching him about timing, phrasing and preparation.

Crosby "didn't say it, he did it -- one time only. Unless he blew the lyrics, he did one take."

Paul never stopped tinkering with electronics, and after Crosby gave him an early audiotape recorder, Paul went to work changing it. It eventually led to multitrack recording; on Paul and Ford's hits, he plays many of the guitar parts, and Ford harmonizes with herself. Multitrack recording is now the industry standard.

But Paul likely will be best remembered for the Gibson Les Paul, a variation on the solid-body guitar he built in the late 1930s and offered to the guitar company.

"For 10 years, I was a laugh," he told CNN in an interview. "[But] kept pounding at them and pounding at them saying hey, here's where it's at. Here's where tomorrow, this is it. You can drown out anybody with it. And you can make all these different sounds that you can't do with a regular guitar."

Gibson, spurred by rival Fender, finally took Paul up on his offer and introduced the model in 1952. It has since become the go-to guitar for such performers as Eric Clapton.

Paul is enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Inventors Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He admired the places guitarists and engineers took his inventions, but he said there was nothing to replace good, old-fashioned elbow grease and soul.

"I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if it's the right one," he said in 2002, "and it will probably whip the guy with 20 notes."

Steev
08-13-09, 03:16 PM
From Gibson's Site
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s296/Musicman741/LesPaulRIP.jpg

Strange how much he looks [to me] like pics of Mitch at the very end. And yet 30 years apart.

purple jim
08-13-09, 05:46 PM
Sad news. I found out on the evening news. RIP
If you haven't seen it, check this superb documentary about the man:
"Les paul: Chasing Sound!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=FR&hl=fr&v=AP7qI5RVtxw

MourningStar
08-13-09, 06:22 PM
so long ...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v667/XiKano/PHOTO/LesPaul.jpg




:(

MourningStar
08-13-09, 06:48 PM
...If you haven't seen it, check this superb documentary about the man:
"Les paul: Chasing Sound!"Also can be found as a well-seeded torrent, fwiw.

What a different reality we all would be experiencing had this been the man to snatch Jimi, rather than the 'other two blokes'.




:(

ilovejimi
08-13-09, 08:44 PM
yes in deed, rest in peace- without Les, maybe we dont have Jimi.

Jimi_Uchihaeyez
08-13-09, 09:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM1bdTewxAM : Talking about Jimi, RIP :(

Gold_And_Rose
08-13-09, 11:15 PM
Oh wow! he was almost his manager! how cool would that have been?!?!

MourningStar
08-14-09, 12:56 AM
Oh wow! he was almost his manager! how cool would that have been?!?!Oh, I suspect we would all be looking forward to attending the Les Paul Memorial concert with Jimi headlining the all-star jam.

stplsd
08-14-09, 11:00 AM
I didn't realise Les was a manager? Who were his clients?

purple jim
08-14-09, 12:06 PM
I didn't realise Les was a manager? Who were his clients?

He mentions a few in the link posted by Uchihaeyez above.

The Earth Blues
08-14-09, 03:19 PM
Rest in peace Les Paul...one of the most important men in the history of music...