Thursday, August 13, 2009

Les Paul 1915-2009

Les Paul, who invented the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock 'n' roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.

As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock 'n' roll with multitrack recording...The use of electric guitar gained popularity in the mid-to-late 1940s, and then exploded with the advent of rock in the mid-'50s.

"Suddenly, it was recognized that power was a very important part of music," Paul once said. "To have the dynamics, to have the way of expressing yourself beyond the normal limits of an unamplified instrument, was incredible." - AP

In tribute to Les and the visions and epiphanies he helped inspire, here are a couple of great performances on his world-changing invention...

And one more...

And saving the best for last (or at least the freakiest...)