Legendary guitar player and inventor Les Paul has died at the age of 94. He died in hospital in New York, surrounded by family and friends, of complications from pneumonia.
Born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9 1915, Les Paul (as he became known) was a pioneer in the invention of the solid body electric guitar and is also credited with the invention of multi track recording.
Most know the name Les Paul due to the infamous Gibson Les Paul guitar. Paul’s solid body guitar design became the template for the Gibson Guitar corporations best selling electric guitar. The Gibson Les Paul was introduced to the public in 1952 and to this day many musicians hold this model in high esteem.
“The world has lost a truly innovative and exceptional human being today. I cannot imagine life without Les Paul. He would walk into a room and put a smile on anyone’s face. His musical charm was extraordinary and his techniques unmatched anywhere in the world,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We will dedicate ourselves to preserving Les’ legacy to insure that it lives on forever. He touched so many lives throughout his remarkable life and his influence extends around the globe and across every boundary. I have lost a dear, personal friend and mentor, a man who has changed so many of our lives for the better.”
Read Gibson’s full statement HERE.
We here at RR UK would like to pay our respects to a man whos inovations and influence have made the music we love so much possible, and pass on our deepests sympathies to all who knew and loved him.