Les Paul dies at 94

Les Paul, legendary inventor of the electric guitar, died this morning of pneumonia. He was 94. The AP reports:

According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.
As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll with 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.
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. Today a guy wouldn’t think of singing a song on a stage without a microphone and a sound system.”

They say it was pneumonia, but I’ll know in my heart it was the existence of Guitar Hero. Thanks for giving us the gift of rock, Les.

Rest in Peace.

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