Les Paul Passes Away at 94

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Les Paul, who changed the course of music by inventing the electric guitar and multitrack recording, and had a string of hits of his own, died today at age 94.


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    God, what an innovator. When I think about the ink that was spilled when Michael Jackson died . . . Les Paul INVENTED rock music. He changed how we listen to music. There isn't a guitarist alive who doesn't owe Paul a huge debt of gratitude.

    Until he died, Jackson's music wasn't played on the radio and nobody, especially young urban hip-hop and rap musicians, copied his style. Meanwhile, Les Paul's influence was felt every time a musician turned on an amp.

    What an incredible genius.

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