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Monday, August 17, 2009

Les Paul 1915-2009

Standard of the Day salutes the legendary Les Paul, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 94. Born Lester William Polsfuss, he is responsible for the introduction of the modern electric guitar, and crafted a unique sound for himself, along with his singer wife Mary Ford.

From the late 1940s through the early 1960s, the duo put out a series of signature recordings that included songs like "Lover", "How High the Moon", "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" and "I'm Sitting on Top of the World".

Ironically, Les Paul would fade into retirement as the 1960s came to a close and his new instrument came to be embraced by the rock movement that would eclipse the type of music he and his peers made their living recording. Today, his name is synonymous with the brand of guitar it is emblazoned upon, used to play music very different from that recorded by Paul himself.

3 comments:

Lily Strange said...

Your blogs certainly provide a lot of variety! From gory to classic, it's all good.

B-Sol said...

Thanks for reading them, Lily! I have eclectic tastes.

emma wallace said...

Great observation! I was just thinking how very few people even think of Les Paul as a jazz guitarist.

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