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Les Paul, The Original Guitar Hero...

less200It's impossible to overstate the influence of Les Paul, who died today at 94.  He was a musician, inventor and broadcaster... who experimented with techniques few had even thought of, like multi-track recording, overdubbing and tape delay.  Though he had no training whatsoever in electronics or music, he's been called  "the Thomas Edison of the music industry", and he pioneered  the development of the solid body electric guitar, which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." Joe Satriani said, "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 NYC, and he was still shredding.  He was and still is an inspiration to us all." Farewell to Les Paul, a life well lived.

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08/13/2009 8:40AM
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