Guitarist and innovator Les Paul died today of complications from pneumonia. Most notably, Les Paul changed the entire music business by using multitrack recordings and overdubbing to create his unique sound, making the practice now commonplace. His line of Gibson guitars, begun in 1952, have been used by musicians all over the word, like Pete Townsend and Jimmy Page. The music legend was 94.
He had been hospitalized in February 2006 when he learned he won two Grammys for an album he released after his 90th birthday, “Les Paul & Friends: American Made, World Played.”
“I feel like a condemned building with a new flagpole on it,” he joked.
As an inventor, Paul helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll and multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the “tracks” in the finished recording.
With Ford, his wife from 1949 to 1962, he earned 36 gold records and 11 No. 1 pop hits, including “Vaya Con Dios,” “How High the Moon,” “Nola” and “Lover.” Many of their songs used overdubbing techniques that Paul the inventor had helped develop.
from Yahoo News
The Les Paul & Mary Ford Show: World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
Head over to NPR to listen to a fascinating conversation with the then-92 Les Paul, who was continuing to work and perform.
Les Paul: Chasing Sound