He was 94. Sad news, a great talent.
Les Paul was a great guitarist and inventor but he was also an excellent entertainer. I saw him several times during his weekly gig at Fat Tuesday's in NYC and was always blown away by his sparkling on-stage personality. I always felt that he was delighted to have an audience and that he felt compelled to give them all he had. I always left the club happier than when I went in, which, for me is a sure sign of a master at work.
Grinnel and Siliab , Good to hear a story like yours, anyone else?
A few years back Les phoned a a.m. radio station up here in Canada,
I believe 740 on the dial, the station plays Big Band and Jazz.
The station host announced he had Les Paul on the phone and that Les agreed to a on the spot interview.
Good solid hour plus talk of his life and times...
Never had the opportunity to see him live though I have a few of his Lps.
still another reminder of how much i am becoming a fan of jazz guitar, after so many years of praising rock guitarists. i still love R&Roll, but the almost insane ability to closely imitate jazz piano on just six strings drives me crazy (in a good way). LP was a great example of someone who could really really play, as i discovered recently watching a PBS special on his life and career. plus i loved watching him fiddle around with his ampex reel to reel...
This is from "The Vent" in my local Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper. It is a daily column where people vent their thoughts. It can be viewed online at AJC.com:
"Interesting: Les Paul, who had a thousand times more influence on music than Michael Jackson will be laid to rest quietly and with dignity. This is a comment on us, not the deceased."