Friday, August 14, 2009

The Genius of Les Paul

This week marks the passing of yet another musical luminary. The man who literally made rock'n'roll possible, Les Paul, has died at the age of 94.

Les Paul not only perfected the solid body electric guitar that launched rock'n'roll, but he invented the multitrack recording process, an innovation that revolutionized the entire music industry.

What Alexander Graham Bell was to modern communications, Les Paul was to modern music. He was THAT important to recording. Basically every song we hear today was recorded using the process he invented. He quite literally changed the world.

Thank you, Les Paul.

1 comment:

claymonster said...

Agreed, agreed, agreed and agreed. I'm not sure people realize just how much this guy did indeed change the world. Was always gracious and approachable as well. There are so many now-famous players who have a Les Paul story where he encouraged them when they were first starting to play out. Ninety-four is a good long life, but oh, have we lost a treasure.