I met les paul at AES NYC a few years back. I had a broken arm at the time. We compared arm injuries. He was going over how he had his set so he could still play guitar. I joked that I had mine set so I could move a fader. He was a joy to talk to and just one of those guys you hung on to every word. R.I.P Lester, you will be missed.
My dad was a Pastor who never understood my love for guitar until he officiated a funeral for one of Les Pauls relatives. Les played guitar at the service and essentially won over my dad and from that time on I never got anymore grief for playing guitar.
Very few people carry that kind of influence, a sphere of personal atmosphere that has the potential to restore and create new and old at the same time.
Truly a legend, who left a legacy of positive influence everywhere he went.
Phil Keaggy one of the guitar greats was a close freind of Les Pauls and he's the guy that got Phil into the Jamman looper that he uses so expertly...and because of that I use a jamman myself, actually own two of the originals...
I'm telling you the mans influence was HUGE we have no idea all the people he touched in a positive way...
There's 12 guitars and 12 Marys on How High the Moon. But as the video shows, he's copying from one tape to another while mixing-in new material. So Mary #1 has been re-re-re-copied 11 times before the work is done.
Long version with jokes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YA_RINQySU
Les didn't make it to August 2020.
Patti Page and Mitch Miller also did self-overdub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patti_Page#Pop_success:_1948_.E2.80.93_1949 Because she was overdubbing her vocals, Page's name would be listed on the Pop charts as a group name. ... "The Patti Page Quartet"
Les is generally known for Siml-Sync, using a record-head as "play" while recording to another channel. This avoids re-re-re-copying.... except you only get 2 or 3 passes (3-track mastering decks used to be common).
Les did commission Ampex to build an 8-track, tall as his ceiling; but it was never used on his classic records. Around this time, 4-tracks were in use by Beatles, Airplane, and then 4 and 8 everywhere. And the music changed, and Les did not want to follow. So Les primed a pump, but never got a drink.
I had the great pleasure of seeing Les preform at his Monday nite gig in NYC last year. Almost exactly one year to the day today. I'm sure The Iridium Jazz Club will be a somber place for a long time to come.
He was such a great entertainer. I kept telling my wife "he's a living legend, he's a living legend". It's not every day you get to experience a living legend who has achieved the greatness that Les has.
The inventor of "Sound on Sound" is what he called it. Not only the father of the electric guitar but also multi-track recording.
You can sure believe that music as we know it today would absolutely not be the same without the great Les Paul.
I can also highly recommend an awesome DVD of his called "Chasing Sound". This is a must own for anyone who is into guitar, recording, electronics or music in general.
Les Paul, "Lover", 1947, multi-track on WAX.
Anybody wonders if Mary could play? Watch all three clips, but specially #2:
Les Paul and his partner Mary Ford live on The Colgate Comedy Hour
Much of the "live improv" is of course pre-rehearsed, but Mary's plucking is all-pro.
Note Les' broken string at part 2 time 5:03.
Part 3 "Tiger" is evidently real lip-sync: There's a lot of Marys, yet the guitar licks are new.
Rare Les Paul Documentary