Music Interviews

Les Paul: Guitarist And Inventor

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Guitarist Les Paul's 80th birthday is celebrated by featuring our 1992 interview with him. Les Paul has spent his life playing guitar, inventing guitars to play, and inventing devices to record himself on. He's often been called the "Thomas Edison of music." He invented the solid body electric guitar, overdubbing, reverb, and multitracking-inventions that helped make rock n roll possible. Paul himself has stuck to jazz, and a more middle of the road pop. In the 1950's he had several hits with his wife Mary Ford, including "How High the Moon," "Vaya Con Dios," and "Bye Bye Blues." His Capitol recordings, several of his old radio shows from the late 40's and early 50's, and some of his commercial jingles are collected on a 4CD box set, called "Les Paul: The Legend and The Legacy." To hear the delightful jazz he's playing today, you need to go to the Manhattan club Fat Tuesday's, where he's performed Monday nights for over 10 years. We began with his 1948 recording of "lover."



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