Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) Died yesterday – and it was a sad day for a lot of guitarists and musicians in all.
He lived until 94 and he was still performing weekly at the Iridium Jazz Club at his age.
Les Paul is known as a “Guitar Legend” and many people will know him from the Guitar ( The “Gibson Les Paul” ), he was involved in inventing the Solid Body Electric Guitar and when he first went in to Gibson, they laughed him away.
He invented overdubbing (Sound on Sound), Tape Delay and Phasing Effects and famously Multi-Track Recording..
It is sad to see the legend go.. and many musicians around the world I’m sure will be sad too,
What really makes me mad about this, is that when Michael Jackson died there was a big fuss, and still is because MJ was the “King of Pop” – let me just say – Les Paul has done far more for music than MJ and far more than anyone, yet he does not get much of a send off. People dont realise that without Les Paul we would not have the electric guitar, meaning there would be no “Rock” sound. He also invented Multi-Track recording, now what would we do without this? not alot of bands would exist without Les Paul yet MJ gets a bigger send off.
I would like to personally thank Les Paul for inventing the Electric Guitar and also for the Multi-Track Recording, OverDubbing and everything he has done in music. And if not alot of people can see what you have done – screw them!
Rest In Peace Lester William Polsfuss
June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009
Here is a YouTube video made for his 90th Birthday (2005)
And if you didnt know.. here is a photo of the “Gibson Les Paul”