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Senior Member
Username: glocke

Post Number: 631
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post,2933,539288,00.html

Another legend goes.
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 799
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post

My condolences to his family and friends,
He brought smiles to so many people.
Intermediate Member
Username: jerryme

Post Number: 133
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:54 am:   Edit Post

Truly a legend...

Rest In Peace
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4046
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

This is sad news. Les was nothing short of amazing. A few years ago, my wife and I were visiting my family in New York. We were staying at the Empire Hotel near Lincoln Center. As we pulled up in the early evening and handed the car over to the valet, I pulled my Baby Taylor out of the trunk. Seeing the guitar, the valet asked if I'd ever heard of Les Paul and I said "of course". He then pointed to the door to the Iridium Room, next to the hotel, and told us Les was playing down there in 20 minutes. We dropped our things off in the room and ran downstairs to the club. We found a surprisingly tiny room and spent the rest of the night totally mezmerized by Les. He played, told stories, even invited the audience members to come up on stage and play or sing with him! Les had a special talent that I've found only the finest players possess - the ability to make me laugh with his playing (not laugh at it - he could play humorously, like a great comedian with impeccable comic timing!) A true great without whom we might not even be here in this forum.

May the Four Winds Blow You Safely Home.

Bill, tgo
Advanced Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 242
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:56 am:   Edit Post

Sad news. But he gave us 94 years of genius in so many aspects .He was a gifted experimenter who changed the face of the recording arts for eternity.Rest in peace my brother.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8557
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:08 am:   Edit Post

Nice story Bill! And thanks for the note Greg. Here is a little Les Paul and Mary Ford.
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 911
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post

A VERY sad day for us all....and for History!!

He will never be forgotten!!

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8558
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

This is very cool. Includes scenes from the Iridium that Bill was talking about.
Senior Member
Username: senmen

Post Number: 901
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post

This is really sad news.
But I wish I would reach that age of him.
Anyway this was the person that influenced millions of guitar players, maybe not with his playing but with his name.....

Oliver (Spyderman)
Username: afrobeat_fool

Post Number: 58
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post

May he rest in Peace and then join the big Jam in the sky with all our other guitar heroes.
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 652
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Wow, It's hard to believe that he's gone. He seemed like one of those larger than life icons who would live forever. I wonder how many kids grow up today playing Les Paul's who don't even know there was a man behind the endorsement. Certainly a sad bit of news.
Senior Member
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 426
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 1:11 pm:   Edit Post

Rest in peace.

Thank you for all that you did...
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1504
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

Rest in peace Mr. Paul
Username: ttwatts

Post Number: 24
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 1:35 pm:   Edit Post

Truly one of the Greatest!!

Rest In pease.

Intermediate Member
Username: john_judge

Post Number: 147
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:54 pm:   Edit Post

What a generation he covered and how he helped to put us all in a working environment with an instrument that would change music as they knew to the way we know it, to how our children's children hear it and there children will for all time to come. Les Paul A guided genius of musical prophecy fulfilled, within a life time of success, who could ask for more and to leave a legacy to all of us that will always be remembered RIP LES you earned it!
Senior Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 791
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 8:37 pm:   Edit Post

Never to be forgotten.
Sincere condolences to the extended family.
Username: toma_hawk01

Post Number: 50
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 9:01 pm:   Edit Post

What a Legend is... and what he will always be.

Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 989
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 6:40 am:   Edit Post

Okay I was one of the lucky ones to get on stage back in 1998 when I visited New York, the same time when I bought my MK from Rudy Penshur's.
Luckily I can play enough guitar to get away with it.
I have pics somewhere in the attic.
There was a great documentary on BBC4 and he showed his guitar collection..He had one of Django's guitars!!! plus all his old recording gear.
The man is(was-past tense) a legend in that he helped pioneer multi track.
Get a listen to his version of 'How High The Moon' with Mary there are no drums or bass but it grooves along at an incredible pace and feel.
RIP Les...I guess you can argue with Leo now to see who has the best guitars!!!
Advanced Member
Username: paulman

Post Number: 379
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 11:56 am:   Edit Post

This is where my handle comes from. I played a Les Paul for many years, and was a Paul Man in style and tone. Before I found Further of course ;)

I always wanted to see him in person, Bill gets so many great opportunities, and I love that story about getting to see Les play and perform.

Lets all get Paulverized!

Les paved the way for generations of loud guitars, rest ye well Les!
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 453
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2009 - 5:19 pm:   Edit Post

With all my travels, I never managed to be in NYC on a Monday night. One of the things I will always regret.

RIP Les, you were one of the greats!

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