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    Default Les Paul, guitar master has passed away

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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.





    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."
    "The world has lost a truly innovative and exceptional human being today. I cannot imagine life without Les Paul," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "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."
    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 the bandleader Fred Waring and 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 early 1940s -- "The Log" -- 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 Jimmy Page.
    Paul is enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Inventors Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is survived by three sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Until recently he had a standing gig at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, where he would play with a who's-who of famed musicians.
    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."
    Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94 - CNN.com


    My brother plays guitar and I can remember growing up him telling me about how great this man was! We were discussing it this morning and he had this awesome story to share so I'm passing it along!

    Fortunately, I got to see the great man play his trade at the Iridium
    nightclub a couple years ago, as a birthday present, where a large, stylishly-dressed black security-guard/usher (in full Jazzman accoutrement) offered Megan and I the front/center table, just below Les' stool. Being the introvert that I am, and uncomfortable with such high visibility in the club, I requested a front table off to the side. To wit, he proclaimed (in an incredulous tone)...


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    Default Guitar hero Les Paul, dead at age 94

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    R.I.P. Les Paul




    Guitar legend and father of the electric guitar Les Paul passed away today at White Plains Hospital in New York at the age of 94. A rep for Gibson Guitars said Les died of complications from pneumonia. Les was surrounded by family and friends when he went off to the great beyond.

    In addition to inventing the electric guitar, Les also came up with multitrack recording, which allowed artists to record different instruments at different times. It also allowed singers to harmonize with themselves. Mimi better send the biggest floral arrangement ever to Les' family.

    Les also had a string of hits with his wife Mary. She passed away in 1977.

    May Les rest in peace! I'd like to think he's up in heaven starting a band with his wife, Michael Jackson and Willy DeVille.

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    The end of an era. RIP dude.
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    LOL jinx!
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial View Post
    I also choose to believe the rumors because I am, when it is all said and done, a dirty gossip.

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    Respect Lax.....dont be frivolous with death wishes (Im assuming thats what it was)
    I'm using a lot of oxygen and such I think it's good use of oxygen myself, but of course, I'm a little prejudiced on the matter.

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    ^ Huh? Was that to me? I was just saying jinx cause we posted the article at the exact same time!
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial View Post
    I also choose to believe the rumors because I am, when it is all said and done, a dirty gossip.

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    Ahhh...this is sad. He has influenced SO many of our great musicians over the the last several decades. Rest in peace.

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    He surely was a pioneer. Rest in peace.

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    RIP Les. Go jam w/Jimmy Hendrix! And all the other awesome musicians that have been waiting for you!

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    Aawww, my mom still has a 78 r.p.m. of Les Paul and Mary Ford's "How High The Moon".
    94 is a great age, though, especially if one, like him, is able to do what one loves doing
    for pretty much the majority of those years!
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    An appropriate use of the word LEGEND.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbydoorknocker View Post
    An appropriate use of the word LEGEND.
    I agree. He will be remembered by generations to come.

    Happy trails to you...until we meet again.
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    I had a boyfriend - years ago - who used to worship Les Paul. He thought his guitars were far superior to Fender.

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    Very very sad to lose him.. he was a mentor to people who are inspiration all on their own.. and that says a lot. RIP.. what a loss.

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    I know several people who knew him and said he was a real interesting and talented guy. RIP
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