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    R.I.P. Les Paul: pioneering guitarist, inventor, New York character

    ad news: Les Paul, the axeman who helped invent the electric guitar—and for whom the famous Gibson model is named—is dead at 94. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

    Paul's career in music was long, tangled, and filled with highlights. He built one of the first prototypes of a solid body guitar—that's a guitar without a hole in the middle—in 1939. He had a radio and television show in the '40s and '50s with singer (and then-wife) Mary Ford, The Les Paul And Mary Ford Show. He was a pioneer in the field of multitrack recording. And up until his death, he hosted a much-beloved Monday night residency at the Iridium jazz club in Midtown, performing every week in spite of crippling arthritis. We recently published a story about one of those inspiring concerts, which can be read—and which plays as a good tribute still—here.

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    Re: R.I.P. Les Paul: pioneering guitarist, inventor, New York character

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    ad news: Les Paul, the axeman who helped invent the electric guitar—and for whom the famous Gibson model is named—is dead at 94. The cause was complications from pneumonia.

    Paul's career in music was long, tangled, and filled with highlights. He built one of the first prototypes of a solid body guitar—that's a guitar without a hole in the middle—in 1939. He had a radio and television show in the '40s and '50s with singer (and then-wife) Mary Ford, The Les Paul And Mary Ford Show. He was a pioneer in the field of multitrack recording. And up until his death, he hosted a much-beloved Monday night residency at the Iridium jazz club in Midtown, performing every week in spite of crippling arthritis. We recently published a story about one of those inspiring concerts, which can be read—and which plays as a good tribute still—here.

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    Leo Fender will probably be next. Hang on to those old Gibson Les Pauls people.

    I still prefer my Gibson ES-175T but alas, I am not a professional musician.

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    Re: R.I.P. Les Paul: pioneering guitarist, inventor, New York character

    vaya con dios, les

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    Les paul was an actual person? All this time I thought it was just the brand name of a guitar.
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    Re: R.I.P. Les Paul: pioneering guitarist, inventor, New York character

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Les paul was an actual person? All this time I thought it was just the brand name of a guitar.
    Just as Fender was a real person.

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    Re: R.I.P. Les Paul: pioneering guitarist, inventor, New York character

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    Just as Fender was a real person.
    Of course I knew that Freddie Fender was a real person. He's an icon.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: R.I.P. Les Paul: pioneering guitarist, inventor, New York character

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Of course I knew that Freddie Fender was a real person. He's an icon.
    Les Paul wasn't an Icon???? I am just razzing you, and having fun with it too.

    P.S. I had the short lived pleasure of working at the Fender factory in Fullerton before it all collapsed due to poor CBS management and played golf with Freddies son-in-law; what a major asshole that kid was.
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    Re: R.I.P. Les Paul: pioneering guitarist, inventor, New York character

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    Les Paul wasn't an Icon???? I am just razzing you, and having fun with it too.

    P.S. I had the short lived pleasure of working at the Fender factory in Fullerton before it all collapsed due to poor CBS management and played golf with Freddies son-in-law; what a major asshole that kid was.
    I'm just clowning around, too. I know Les Paul was an actual person and that he invented the solid body gee-tar, or whatever kind of guitar it is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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