We remember Les Paul. ‘Les, My Guitar Gently Wept’

This day (August 13, 2009), in White Plains, New York, died Lester William Polsfuss a.k.a Les Paul, an American guitarist, songwriter and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar.

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[2009] Jeff Beck is joined by Imelda May, Jason Rebello, Brian Setzer, Trombone Shorty and Gary U.S. Bonds to celebrate recently departed Les Paul’s 95th birthday at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City >> 87 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2010] the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul)” Tour with Jeff Beck & Imelda May stops at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C >> 6 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2014] Steve Miller, Joe Bonamassa, Neal Schon, Warren Haynes, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Johnny A., G.E. Smith, Count’s 77 and the Les Paul Trio will get together for the Les Paul 100th Birthday Celebration at the Hard Rock Café in New York City >> 118 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2018] Jackson Browne will receive the 2018 Les Paul Innovation Award then reunite with his old session band, The Section – that is Craig Doerge, Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar and Russ Kunkel – at the 2018 NAMM TEC Awards held at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA >> 7 MINUTES on rvm >>

[1977] you do not want to miss Les Paul and Chet Atkins promoting their latest album Guitar Monsters at Today on NBC >> 26 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2011] guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Tony Levin of King Crimson fame will play in duo then sit with the Les Paul Trio at Iridium in New-York City >> 11 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1953] Les Paul and his wife Mary Ford are at The Colgate Comedy Hour on television. For the occasion, Les will certainly bring and play the guitar he invented for the Gibson brand. >> 9 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2011] Mick Taylor sits in with the Les Paul Trio at Iridium in New-York City >> 40 MINUTES on RVM >>

[1991] the organisers of Expo ’92 in Sevilla, Spain present legendary Les Paul sharing the bill with Roger Waters, Roger McGuinn, Robbie Robertson, Richard Thompson to promote next year Universal Exposition. >> 22 MINUTES on RVM >>

[2011] Larry Carlton will play with the Les Paul’s Trio at Iridium Jazz Club in New-York City >> 10 MINUTES on RVM >>

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Wikipedia : This day (August 13, 2009), in White Plains, New York, died Lester William Polsfuss a.k.a Les Paul, an American guitarist, songwriter and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar.

Les Paul : Les learned from everything around him. His boyhood home was across the street from railroad tracks. He puzzled why trains vibrated the windows. Why did the train sound differently as it progressed? He mused over tone change when he slowed his mother’s phonograph.

@rockhall : As he told writer Jim O’Donnell, “What I wanted to do is not have two things vibrating. I wanted the string to vibrate and nothing else. I wanted the guitar to sustain longer than an acoustical box and have different sounds than an acoustical box.”

@last.fm : In 1941, Paul designed and built one of the first solid-body electric guitars (though Leo Fender also independently invented his own solid-body electric guitar around the same time, and Adolph Rickenbacker had marketed a solid-body guitar in the 30s). Gibson Guitar Corporation designed a guitar incorporating Paul’s suggestions in the early fifties, and presented it to him to try.

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