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Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 1:41 PM


Les Paul, who changed the face of modern music through his development of the guitar, has died aged 94.

According to a statement issued by the Gibson Guitar Corporation, which first released the seminal Les Paul guitar model in 1952, Paul passed away today (August 13) due to complications arising from a case of pneumonia. He died at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

Wisconsen-born Paul, real name Lester William Polsfuss, was a musician before he turned his hand to inventing. He recorded as Rhubarb Red as well as playing in bands including the Les Paul Trio.

Through Gibson he released the Les Paul Goldtop guitar followed by the Les Paul Custom and the Les Paul Standard – the current edition of which is hugely popular today.

Paul was influential in the rise of multi-track recording – allowing musicians to record different musical parts and vocals separately then fuse them together as a complete recording.

Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson, paid tribute to Paul in a statement.

"The world has lost a truly innovative and exceptional human being today," he said. "I cannot imagine life without Les Paul.

"He would walk into a room and put a smile on anyone's face. His musical charm was extraordinary and his techniques unmatched anywhere in the world."

Lucimoore  (Level: 192.1 - Posts: 1732)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 1:56 PM

I saw the headline earlier and my husband and I just finished listening to some of his and his wife Mary Ford's music. He indeed was a music genius.

"Vaya con Dios"

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.6 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 7:01 PM

Sad to see him go, even at 94. Of all the tribute shows to great musicians, I think the one for Les was the best. What an amazing group of people there to play with and honor the man who put the solid body electric guitar on the map and created multi-track recording.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 7:06 PM

The music world has lost a giant and an icon! Sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of a kind.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 8:27 PM

It's amazing to come up with ways to change everything in your business. Everyone can't transplant a heart or create free energy - but just about everyone on earth embraces music. And it's amazing all Les came up with to change the recording and instrumental arts. He will be missed by lots of people in the business, but he left a great legacy.

(And his wife has the same name as my very best friend!)

Mrbojangles  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 231)
Thu, 13th Aug '09 9:46 PM

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