R.I.P. Les Paul

A true legend in our time passed away today at the age of 94. His invention certainly changed MY life, and just about everyone who likes music can thank him for what he contributed to the industry.

Les Paul, born Lester William Polfuss in Waukesha WI, invented the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock ‘n’ roll greats.
“Without Les Paul, we would not have rock and roll as we know it,” said Terry Stewart, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “His inventions created the infrastructure for the music and his playing style will ripple through generations. He was truly an architect of rock and roll.”
Read the whole story here:

“I never go to my dressing room,” said Paul. “I go right off that stage and I go over and talk to 'em at the bar, at the tables. I think the most important thing to do is to get out there and do what you were put on this Earth to do. And I know mine was to love the guitar and play it and to be with other people.”

And that’s how Les Paul should be remembered.

from here (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111845182) where there are also some links to some nice quotes from the man himself may he rest in peace.