Thursday, August 13, 2009

RIP Les Paul

Yes it's sad but true. The guitar man himself, Les Paul, has died.

His real name was Lester William Polsfuss, he was born June 9th 1915 and died today August 13th 2009 in White Plains New York of complications from pneumonia.

He was an innovator, and created the solid body guitar we know today as the Gibson Les Paul. He was also the pioneer behind such recording innovations as overdubbing, phasing, and multitrack recording.

Many famous rockers have used the Les Paul guitar including Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck from the Yardbirds, John Entwistle from The Who, John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Peter Frampton from Humble Pie, Ace Frehley from Kiss, David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Arlo Guthrie, Jimi Hendrix from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, John Lennon from The Beatles, Paul McCartney from The Beatles, Bob Marley, Ted Nugent, Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue , Slash from Guns N Roses, Paul Stanley from Kiss, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh from the Eagles, Neal Young, and last but not least Frank Zappa.

Although, the list goes on and on.

I bought my Les Paul back in late '07 and stil have it to this day...I mean why would I ever get rid of it? Of course it's on it's way to becoming a collectors item now.

If any of you listen to 95.5 KLOS I would tune in now and catch the all day tribute to Les Paul. It is a very sad day in the rock community and many of you may not care, but think of it this way: without Les Paul you wouldn't have that rock and roll sound. EVERY muscian who uses Paul's techniques owe him gratititude.

Les Paul you will be missed.

RIP LES PAUL- 6/9/1915 - 8/13/2009

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