R.I.P. Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein

August 30, 2009

Enough said. Rest in peace to one of the great DJ’s of all time.

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ AM, the sought-after disc jockey who became a celebrity in his own right with high-profile romances and a glamorous lifestyle, was found dead Friday at his apartment, which had drug paraphernalia in it, a law enforcement official said.

Paramedics had to break down the door to his Manhattan apartment before they found his body at about 5:20 p.m., the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because family hadn’t been notified. There was no evidence of foul play, the official said.

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

August 14, 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.