Thursday, August 13, 2009

One of Bob's Hero"s Dead at 94

We should all be so lucky. Living well and walking around, doing your thing until age 94? Les Paul was a lucky man in so many ways. We all have to go some time and Les died this morning at a ripe old age surrounded by his family.

I first heard Les Paul's music at age 11 - this song played here, How High The Moon. It was in the kitchen in Uncle Al and Aunt June's home in Fresno. One hot day in July as we finished lunch this played on the AM radio.

I thought to myself - I like that music. One day I'll have a big car, make lots of money and play this song - driving down the highway, wheel in one hand, babe in the other. Little did I know it would come true.....along the California coastline, Wifey and me . . . top down on the convertible, How High The Moon on the stereo, wheel in one hand . . . Wifey in the other. Who would have thunked it? Well, I did at age 11 . At that point in my life I knew in my heart that one day that vision would come to pass.

Les Paul is known for his contributions to the world of sound and music as quoted here:

"Paul 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."

Les played weekly at a small nightclub in NYC until taking ill earlier last month. Whatta guy. What a life.

You have to ask yourself, How High the Moon?

3 comments:

La Roo said...

Great song, love that era. I always feel like I should have been born a little earlier.

Joker_SATX said...

I posted my tribute as well...

Guitarists Edward Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and a whole host of others also paid tribute...

Bob said...

Laroo: You would have loved that era . . . you're not too far off the mark, though.

Joker: I think you agree that Les Paul was one of a kind.

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