Music Legend Les Paul Dies at 94.

Posted on August 14, 2009

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S W E E T I E S

Another precious talent bites the dust.

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Les Paul was born Lester William Polfuss, in Waukesha, Wis., on June 9, 1915.

The legendary AMAZING talent Les Paul who brought joy to the world with his innovation passed away on August 13, 2009.

He changed Rock & Roll with his lightening guitar rifts and multi-track recording.

His invention paved the way for modern rock ‘n’ roll and became the standard instrument for legends like Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page.

He also developed technology that would become hallmarks of rock and pop recordings, from multitrack recording that allowed for layers and

layers of “overdubs” to guitar reverb and other sound effects.

Paul had made his first attempt at audio amplification at age 13!

He was unhappy with the amount of volume produced by his acoustic guitar, he tried placing a telephone receiver under the strings. Although

this worked to some extent, only two strings were amplified and the volume level was still too low.

By placing a phonograph needle in the guitar, all six strings were amplified, which proved to be much louder. Paul was playing a working

prototype of the electric guitar in 1929.

Les Paul had many hits with his wife Mary Ford.

After their marriage on December 291949, the couple appeared together on their NBC radio program, The Les Paul Show (1949-50), and they had a series of hit records for Capitol Records in the early 1950s.

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Les  Paul attained  11 number one singles and 36 gold discs with his wife Mary Ford.

Joan Jett called Mr. Paul a “genius inventor, musical innovator, and a wonderful person”.

She added: “I and everyone at Blackheart Records, mourn the passing of our dear friend, Les Paul.

“Without the advances he pioneered, the recording sciences and the electric guitar would have been left years behind.”

He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

The history on this legend is almost too much to handle. Talent like this comes along once in lifetime. At the age of 94 he had an exemplary

life and his accomplishments will live on until the end of time.

Many, many, many thanks Les.

Rest in Peace

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