WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died on Thursday. He was 94.
According to Gibson Guitar, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital. His family and friends were by his side.There's some argument over who actually "invented" the electric guitar; Leo Fender and, of all people, Merle Travis have also claimed credit. But I think it's safe to say that without Les Paul's inventive genius, we would not have Rock and Roll, at least not rock as we know it.
Thanks, Les. R.I.P.