Les Paul

Les Paul, who affected the course of popular music in profound ways, died today at the age of 94. Jazz devotees may remember the guitarist most fondly from the days in the 1930s when he collaborated with Louis Armstrong, Roy Eldridge and Art Tatum, or hisLes Paul.jpg involvement with Jazz At The Philharmonic and a memorable 1944 blues duet with Nat Cole. He went on to star on radio and television, invent equipment, come up with innovative recording techniques and zoom to the top of the pop charts with hit records. I thought about importing video clips to illustrate Paul’s career, but I could not improve on the nine-minute obituary the producers of PSB’s The News Hour with Jim Lehrer put together on this evening’s newscast. With the gratitude of the Rifftides staff, here it is:

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  1. says

    Thanks, Doug, for posting this very interesting video. “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise” is really amazing. How relaxed and cool they delivered that tune! Okay, it might be a bit musical circus too, but I personally prefer this kind of virtuosity over the humorless calculated stuff we have in pop music today.
    And, as a funny side note, here it was again, one of the new verbal redundancies which were discovered at this blog recently: “(…) Les Paul “literally” changed music forever.” Ha!
    R.I.P. Les Paul

  2. Sugar Candelaria says

    He was a dedicated, helpful, humorous master musician (and inventor) and we will not see his like again. It is true, he literally changed music forever.