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Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 12:53 pm

From CNN: Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94

From the obit: “Les Paul, whose innovations with the electric guitar and studio technology made him one of the most important figures in recorded music, has died, according to a statement from his publicists. Paul was 94.”

From The New York Times: Les Paul, Guitar Innovator, Dies at 94

As I mentioned before, everyone has a Les Paul story, and here’s mine; A few years ago, Mr. Paul was a guest of the Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention at one of the more…er…eclectic closing performances. He spoke for a bit, answered some pre-set questions, and accepted our applause. After the evening’s performances finally ended, I sought him out…I didn’t take anything for him to sign, I just wanted to thank him for taking the time out of his schedule to visit with us, and frankly I wanted to meet the guy, someone I’d appreciated for pretty much my entire lifetime, and particularly since I learned to play guitar after losing a finger on my left hand. I found him, and did so…while shaking his hand across a table, I held it for just a moment longer than customary (men know what I’m talking about), looked him in the eye and said, “I wonder if a lick will rub off?”

He got a huge grin on his face, grabbed my hand between both of his (they seemed so large to create such a delicate sound), rubbed it between them so I could feel friction heat, and with a soft laugh said, “I sure hope so!”

You can hear his interview with Bob Edwards from April, 2008 at the BobEdwards.Info website.

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2 Responses to “Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94” »


  1. louie johnson Says:

    And now it makes sense … All day yesterday there was an endless loop playing in my head of “How High The Moon”. RIP,sir.


  3. StuartLubin Says:

    What a talent! What a genius! I still remember those good old days from my youth hearing Les Paul and Mary Ford!

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