Friday, August 14, 2009
Les Paul 1915-2009
Life is unfair. Some are richer and some poorer. Some are blessed with beauty and others, not so much.
And then there are the titanic talents, the people who do lots of things a whole lot better than the mere mortals that surround them.
That would describe Les Paul, who passed away on Thursday.
He is credited with inventing the solid body electric guitar. He made huge advancements in the field of sound recording, including overdubbing, multi-track recording, delay and phasing effects.
So okay, he's a cool nerd.
He was also just about the cleanest sounding electric guitarist ever. He and his wife Mary Ford cut huge hit records more than fifty years ago. Here's Les and Mary being interviewed by Alistair Cooke, I assume on the show Omnibus, and then playing their great hit, How High The Moon.
Thank the gods for creating the titans, and thank the titans who share the secrets of fire and mathematics and music and physics with the rest of us, titans like Prometheus and Les Paul.
Rest in peace, Mr. Paul. You will always be a wonder of the world.