Les Paul Passes Away at 94
Old 08-13-2009, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New York, NY…August 13, 2009…Les Paul, acclaimed guitar player, entertainer and inventor, passed away today from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York, surrounded by family and loved ones. He had been receiving the best available treatment through this final battle and in keeping with his persona, he showed incredible strength, tenacity and courage. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the thoughts and prayers from his dear friends and fans. Les Paul was 94.

One of the foremost influences on 20th century sound and responsible for the world’s most famous guitar, the Les Paul model, Les Paul’s prestigious career in music and invention spans from the 1930s to the present. Though he’s indisputably one of America’s most popular, influential, and accomplished electric guitarists, Les Paul is best known as an early innovator in the development of the solid body guitar. His groundbreaking design would become the template for Gibson’s best-selling electric, the Les Paul model, introduced in 1952. Today, countless musical legends still consider Paul’s iconic guitar unmatched in sound and prowess. Among Paul’s most enduring contributions are those in the technological realm, including ingenious developments in multi-track recording, guitar effects, and the mechanics of sound in general.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not a sad day....94....should be celebrated.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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RIP, death of a legend.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I didn't realize he was still alive. I love the World is Waiting for the Sunrise and Tiger Rag.

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Old 08-13-2009, 01:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Not a sad day....94....should be celebrated.
Sad that he won't be around to create music anymore...up until recently he still played a regular weekly gig in NYC, but yes his life should be celebrated.


I will go home and play my Les Paul in his honour this evening.
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I do remember hearing about that NYC gig now. 94 is still pretty good, and it's nice that he kept going right to the end.
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I know nothing about guitars, but a friend of mine rocks a Les Paul and it sounds / looks beautiful.
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