Les Paul magic and Mary Ford – 1953 with Alistair Cooke

Les Paul was a great musical genius. Both with the guitar and especially with his gadgets and processes. He just passed away on the 13th. What a legacy he left us,

From Wikipedia entry …

Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was a musician and innovator. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which “made the sound of rock and roll possible.”[1] He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound),[2] delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.[3]

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day.[4][5][6][7] He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s and they sold millions of hit records.

Les Paul was known for his collaboration with the Gibson Guitar Corporation in the creation of the Gibson Les Paul, one of the most famous solid-body guitars in the world. It has been used by many well-known guitarists including Billy Gibbons, Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Slash and Pete Townshend.

NPR’s Fresh Air recently replayed an interview with Les. What an amazing person. Basically 8 and 1/2 fingers didn’t work anymore, yet he was still doing gigs. Inspiring!

Here’s the cool video when all his fingers are working just fine with his beautiful wife and singer, Mary Ford.

(Via BoingBoing which is Via PCL LinkDump)

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