Thursday, August 13, 2009

R.I.P. LESTER WILLIAM POLFUSS, 1915-2009

Lester William Polfuss, more widely known as Les Paul, died today of complications from pneumonia at age 94.

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=425984

Those of us who love electric guitars, rock and roll music and studio overdubbing may not think of Les Paul very often, but if it hadn't been for him... things may not have happened like they did in the world of music.

His Les Paul model guitars by Gibson have been the choices of artists such as Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Al DiMeola.

Paul put out quite a body of music of his own, most of it very good. Even at age 94, he still performed weekly. Many of his hits were with his wife, singer Mary Ford. Check out the discography at the Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul

And to find out more about the Gibson Les Paul guitar, this link is informative:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_Les_Paul

Goodbye to a true master!

5 Comments:

Blogger Holte Ender said...

He was a true genius of the electric guitar, an innovator in the recording studio, overdubbing, gadgetry, tricks with bits of wire, and lets not forget a fantastic virtuoso guitarist.
The Les Paul guitar sound is as sweet to me today as when I first heard it. Jimmy Page would not have sound half as good playing anything but his Les Paul Gibson. RIP.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

If you have even a passing interest in rock and roll, you ought to pay your respects to The Man.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Like you said, even people who never heard of him have been influenced by him in the music they play and/or listen to.

R.I.P.

12:35 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

My grandfather was of the same generation as Les, about 8 years older.
He was a big fan of Les and Mary and introduced be to them at a very young age, the pioneering of electric music was a big interest for the woodworker musician part of him.

10:24 AM  
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9:40 PM  

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