Les Paul, Guitar Legend and Innovator Dead at 94
The founding father of rock n’ roll and modern music, Les Paul, has died at the age of 94 in White Plains, NY. According to a statement, Paul died of complications from severe pneumonia. An innovator on the electric guitar and inventor of multi-track recording, Paul has been inducted into many hall of fames including the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Not only a technical wizard, Les Paul was a fine guitar players who continued to play live into his 90’s.
Rockers who admired him offered up their thoughts on his passing:
Joe Satriani said in a statement: “Les Paul set a standard for musicianship and innovation that remains unsurpassed. He was the original guitar hero and the kindest of souls. Last October I joined him onstage at the Iridium club in [New York], and he was still shredding. He was and still is an inspiration to us all.”
Slash said, “Les Paul was a shining example of how full one’s life can be; he was so vibrant and full of positive energy.”
“Les Paul was truly a ‘one of a kind.’ We owe many of his inventions that made the rock ‘n roll sound of today to him, and he was the founding father of modern music,” B.B. King said in a statement. “This is a huge loss to the music community and the world. I am honored to have known him.”
Many will miss his sweet touch on the guitar, but his legend and legacy will be with us as long as we have rock n’ roll and music.
Listen to “Birth of the Blues” played by Les Paul and then joined by another legend, Chet Atkins:
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