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Passing Of A Giant: Les Paul, R.I.P.

Posted in News with tags on August 19, 2009 by 30daysout

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Walking along Broadway in New York City the other night, we came across a small shrine dedicated to Les Paul, the musical giant who died last Thursday at the age of 94.  DSCN0022-1Until recently, Paul played weekly shows with his trio at the Iridium Jazz Club.  Outside the club they had a poster, some flowers and a couple of blank boards that people could sign.  My son signed the poster, and drew his best electric guitar.

If you don’t know by now, Les Paul was an innovator who helped make rock and roll possible because he virtually invented the electric guitar.  He also invented multitrack recording, also vital to rock and roll (see Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band).  In 1948 his right arm was horribly crushed in an auto accident.  A surgeon considered amputation but Paul convinced him to reset the arm at a 90-degree angle, so Paul could hold a guitar.  You can read much more about Les Paul and his contributions to music here.  It was bittersweet to see, listed on the Iridium club’s marquee, to appear Monday night:  The Legendary Les Paul.

MP3:  “How High The Moon” by Les Paul & Mary Ford

MP3: “Guitar Boogie” by Les Paul & Chet Atkins

MP3: “Caravan” by Les Paul

MP3: “Someone Ease My Troublin’ Mind” by Sam Cooke w/Les Paul & Eric Clapton

Gibson guitars official website

YouTube: Les Paul trio at the Iridium Club, 2006