We just heard the sad news that Les Paul passed away. A musical legend and true innovator Les Paul paved the way for many of our musical heroes so it is with much love and thanks that we bid him adieu. Almost immediately the thank yous and sentiments from musicians of all genres started flowing on twitter and blogs. We’ve shared a few below and we’ll continue to update this as they roll in but here are what some musicians have had to say on his passing:
Randy Bachman (BTO, The Guess Who):
“I am deeply touched by the passing of Les Paul who I first met in 1959. As a guitarist, composer, electronic innovator and inventor, he was beyond genius and there was none other like him. He was a true musical gift from God to the world and spent his life honoring that gift. I proudly play my Les Paul guitars every night on stage and never forget the moments we shared.”
It is with sadness today that we at the official John 5 camp heard the news of the passing of one of the greatest innovators in modern music, Les Paul. He died surrounded by his family following complications from pneumonia. He was 94.
Les Paul was a true legend in the world of modern music. He invented the solid body guitar, a guitar that has been played by such greats as Pete Townsend of the Who, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Slash. He also helped bring about multi-track recording, which allows musicians to record different instruments at different times, then balance the tracks in post production.
For John 5, Les Paul was not just an inspiration for what he gave to music as a whole but on a personal level too. Speaking in LA today while recording his new album, John 5 said: “Les Paul gave me one of the best days of my life when I got to play with him at his club in New York City. He was the one that told me to go solo and make guitar records. This is a great loss. My thoughts go out to his family and to everybody who was touched and influenced by him.”
This sentiment is carried by all of us at the John 5 camp. Les Paul was not just an innovator, but an inspiration and an influence directly through the instruments we play and indirectly by the greats we hear play his definitive guitars.”
Well I just got the news that Les Paul one of musics pioneers died today and 94. I had the pleasure in 2004 of meeting and playing with him. The first new guitar I bought was a black and gold Les Paul studio (it is the sound MMMBop) and in 2004 I also got him to sign it. He was funny and a pleasure to talk to and I have never been more nervous on stage than that night (I forgot how to play for half the song even though I had played it 70 times before, how embarrassing). He also told me the story of his car wreck that happened on a icy road in Oklahoma on his way to Tulsa to see Bob Wills that almost ended his ability to play guitar at all. (he had the Dr set his broken right arm so that he could still pick the guitar even though it would be permanent). Now that in Rock ‘n’ Roll! If it were not for Les and his inventions. Such as multi-track tape machines and solid body guitars (Gibson Les Paul) music today would be very different and HANSON too. Thank You Les for you talents, ingenuity, and my guitar it was an honor to have met and played with you. You will be missed – (T & Z)
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