Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, August 13, 2009

R.I.P. Les Paul (1915-2009)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 11:08 AM

click to enlarge The Legend: One of Gibson's signature Les Paul guitars
  • The Legend: One of Gibson's signature Les Paul guitars

The Associated Press has reported  that guitar innovator Les Paul  died today at the age of 94, from pneumonia-related complications. Paul helped to popularize the electric guitar in the 1940s, and his use of multitracking, overdubbing, phasing, and effects processing was a key ingredient in the rock 'n' roll recipe. In 1952, Gibson guitars rolled out the first Les Paul signature model; Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page famously played a Les Paul, and the guitar became identified with rock in the classic sense. Other masters of rock identified with the Les Paul guitar included Slash, Richie Sambora, Steve Miller, and Peter Frampton. A true icon in every sense of the word, Paul's contributions to music as both a player and a technological advancer--he was often called "the wizard of Waukesha"--were numerous. It goes without saying that he will be missed. Click here  for the official Les Paul website, and click here  to hear excerpts from Paul's radio show with free MP3s.

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , , ,

About The Author

Eric Arnold


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"