Les Paul’s birthday just passed; he would have been 95! The innovator, inventor and guitarist (just say legend) was born June 9th, 1915, and throughout his amazing long life, he changed the course of music, the art of recording, and gave thousands of guitarists a great new sound through Gibson Guitar’s signature Les Paul line of guitars.
The world lost Les Paul on August 12th, 2009, but his legacy and his legend will live forever. God Bless You, Les!
His website lespaulonline.com has a message at the bottom, which says…
Immergent Records is pleased to offer 5 of the 10 tracks off of Les’s last release, “Les Paul & Friends: A Tribute To Les Paul”, as a free download. Click here.
Unfortunately the link for the download doesn’t work. I couldn’t find it on immergent.com either. Shame.
artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com has a great post about a tribute concert for Les Paul at Iridium, the New York City jazz club where Les Paul had a Monday-night residency until he passed away last year.
Two shows were hosted by Jeff Beck, one of Les Paul’s favorite disciples, who performed rockabilly tunes by Elvis Presley, Link Wray, Duane Eddy, and Roy Buchanan. He even did the Peter Gunn Theme and “Apache” by Jorgen Ingmann.
Beck was joined onstage later in the set by Imelda May who performed “How High the Moon” and “Vaya con Dios,” among other standards made famous by Les Paul and Mary Ford.
gibson.com has some great pictures posted!
Word has it the shows will be released later on DVD. Now that will be a keeper!
Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Birthdays, Blues, Classic Rock, Concert, Guitars, Jazz, Pop, Rock & Roll