ARTISTdirect.com Tribute to Les Paul 1915-2009
Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:09:21
Guitar legend Les Paul passed away today (August 13, 2009) due to complications of severe pneumonia in White Plains, New York. He was 94-years-old.
Paul was nothing less than a musical wizard and one of the most beloved figures among musicians the world over. He made innovations with both the electric guitar and studio recording devices that have made him crucial to every genre of music and every musician under the sun.
His obsession with electronics also led to the pioneering of multitrack recording and tape delay, crucial studio techniques to this day, and the backbone of what became the rock ‘n roll era. He also invented the solid-body guitar, the most-famous of which pays tribute to him every day…the Gibson Les Paul.
Jimi Hendrix to Slash. He also shared the stage with Fred Waring, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, the Andrews Sisters and The Les Paul Trio. With his wife Mary Ford, he penned hits including "How High the Moon" and "Vaya Con Dios."
Paul's obsession with electronics also led to the pioneering of multitrack recording and tape delay, crucial studio techniques to this day.
ARTISTdirect.com has organized a tribute to this true guitar god, by showcasing a playlist of some of his most powerful videos and songs. Check them out below.
Check photos of Les Paul here.
Chet Atkins & Les Paul - "Birth of the Blues"
Les Paul & Mary Ford Show - "World Is Waiting for the Sunrise"
Les Paul & Mary Ford - "Bye Bye Blues"
Les Paul - "Live"
Les Paul & Mary Ford - "How High Is the Moon"
Les Paul & Mary Ford - "There's No Place Like Home"
The Les Paul Trio - "I Can't Get Started"
Les Paul - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"