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Rock and roll will never die August 14, 2009

Posted by Peeps in news, random stuff.

Les Paul is dead.  He was 94 and died from complications from pneumonia.  I was stunned to hear it.  He shaped my life for years before I ever heard of him.  And I do not know what life would have been like without him.

In case you’ve never heard the name (and you should be ashamed if you haven’t) he was a musician.  He played jazz guitar and created all sorts of recording techniques.  Oh, and he invented the electric guitar.  That’s right, the guy who allowed us to have rock and roll is gone.

Hundreds of serious, heavyweight guitar players use (or used) the guitars that were named after him since Gibson started making them in 1952.  B.B. King, Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Steve Howe, Carlos Santana and many, many more played guitars inspired by this legend.

Without Les Paul, we might never have had this:

Or this:

Or this:

Those of us who appreciate rock and roll owe him a debt that can never be repaid.  Thank you for inventing the one thing that drove our parents nuts every time.  Thank you for giving us an outlet.  Thank you for allowing some great musicians to show their talents.  Thank you for it all.

One more thing.  Rock and roll also inspired one of the funniest commercials I’ve ever seen, too.  Thanks for the laughs as well, Les Paul.  You made life fun.


1. Mazco34 - August 14, 2009

Sorry, Dude, but Eric Johnson plays a Strat. You can see the word “Fender” on the headstock. Anyway without Les Paul, there would be no Stratocasters or Telecasters either.

But I did find out something really cool. I started the Stones’ clip and then the EJ clip. They played over each other. Very cool.

Rest in Peace, Les Paul. It’s a better world because of you.

Peeps - August 14, 2009

I thought I’d read somewhere that he used a Gibson for that particular song. (shrugs)

Mazco34 - August 14, 2009

I checked Wikipedia. Here’s what they say:

“Cliffs of Dover” is an instrumental song by guitarist Eric Johnson which appeared on his 1990 Ah Via Musicom album. Composed in the key of G major, the song was played with a Fender Stratocaster through a B.K. Butler Tube Driver[1] plugged into a 100-watt Marshall amplifier

Shrug not, buddy. Hold that fro up high and salute Mr. Paul.

Mazco34 - August 14, 2009

Although they do refer to it as being played on a Gibson too.

(Big shrug from me)

2. Mazco34 - August 14, 2009

Les Paul also did a Coors commercial:

Peeps - August 14, 2009

I remember that one. It was pretty good.

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