Thursday, August 13, 2015

Remembering Les Paul

Six years ago the legendary musician and guitar innovator Les Paul passed away. I became a fan of his due to his legendary guitar he designed for Gibson the Les Paul. Since my guitar hero in my formidable years was Jimmy Page and Slash was the guitarist of the popular rock band Guns N Roses.

Les Paul's music was different and beautiful in it's own right. However, it was far from the hard rock sounds I had associated the guitar with.

"Waiting for the Sunrise" here is a clip from the Les Paul and Mary Ford Show...

Yes in this tribute I am going to share a bit of music so I hope you enjoy.

Les Paul performing "Sleepwalk"

Les Paul and Stanley Jordan jamming out on a version of "Georgia"

Do you have a favorite Les Paul song or memory? Thoughts on the guitar? Feel free to share in the comments. Thanks for visiting and I will be back with a new post soon!


John Holton said...

I never knew until I was doing a post on him that he had designed the echo chambers at Capitol Records. I read an interview with him in Guitar Player over 25 years ago where he talked about coming up with the first solid-body guitar (although Fender and Rickenbacker had done research on it, and Fender was already making them by the time his came out) and how he learned that yes, you can use the frets above the 5th.

If you get the chance, listen to the albums he did with Chet Atkins. Blow your mind.

mike spain said...

The combination of Chet and Les does sound mindblowing!