Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009)

Les Paul, pioneer of the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording, has passed away today due to complications from pneumonia. Many modern day developments, such as overdubbing, delay effects, phasing effects and much more, that we take for granted as musicians were first thought of by the legendary Les Paul.

Les Paul, who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar later wielded by a legion of rock ‘n’ roll greats, died Thursday of complications from pneumonia. He was 94. According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side. As an inventor, Paul also helped bring about the rise of rock ‘n’ roll with multitrack recording, which enables artists to record different instruments at different times, sing harmony with themselves, and then carefully balance the tracks in the finished recording.

Simply put, there would not be Quincy Jones, J. Dilla, Kanye West, No I.D., or any other legendary music producers.

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