Thursday, August 13, 2009

Les Paul 1915 - 2009

Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible. His many recording innovations included overdubbing (also known as sound on sound, delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording. His innovative talents extended into his unique playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day. Read more

I first recall Les Paul 's guitar and Mary Ford's voice coming from a 45 RPM record player that belonged to my sister. Les Paul had done his magic with Mary's voice by overdubbing it slightly delayed. This sound was unique at that time and sounded wonderful. I have most of their hits and still listen to them often .................. jack