Happy Birthday Les Paul 2024! (June 9, 1915)

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Hi WA Friends!

Just a quick note for all music and guitar fans to say happy birthday to one of the greatest guitar players and inventors of musical equipment of our time!

Les with his Les Paul guitar, standing next to his prototype 8-track machine

You can read about some of his major accomplishments and discography in my previous post:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/frankb-1/blog/happy-birthday-les-paul-june-9-1915

He was the inventor of the first solid-body electric guitar, Gibson's Les Paul model, tape echo, as well as sound-on-sound and multitrack recording, to name just a few of his contributions that changed the recording world!

I was lucky enough to meet him back in 2004, during which I saw him play, and afterward, we had an amazing conversation! During the soundcheck, he showed me his pedalboard of digital effects and proudly proclaimed that he had invented the analog versions of each one of them years ago. He was still able to kick my ass on guitar at almost 90 years old, but that's Les for you! Lol πŸ˜†

Les & Me (groveling for an autograph! Lol)


Today, to celebrate, I am only listening to his music and watching the 1988 Les Paul Tribute - Brooklyn Academy Of Music concert, which you can see here (one hour long):
https://youtu.be/MtbobDQvJwg?si=jNhRGYq9y0PlsL3x

It features players like Eddie Van Halen, Jan Hammer, Brian Setzer, David Gilmour, Waylon Jennings, BB King, Steve Miller, and Stanley Jordan!

If you don't want to watch the whole concert, then be sure to check out Les playing his hit song "Lover." You can see his "Les Pulverizer" (multitrack recording box) and a microphone screwed to one of his guitars. He was constantly experimenting to come up with new ideas!
https://youtu.be/qjQEYg66Yl8?si=uRBEMXZRX5muxasj

Later this evening, we're having a Les Paul birthday party with food and streaming a variety of Les Paul performances from Fat Tuesdays and the Iridium. We might even throw a regular movie in there. I was thinking of Pacific Rim I.

I'll leave you with one of my Pinterest pins that is getting a lot of attention:

Haha, that hurts me just looking at it! πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«

Happy Birthday, Les Paul! πŸŽ‚ ... AND

Keep On Rockin'It! 🀘πŸ”₯🀘
Frank 🎸

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Hi Frank! That must have been amazing to meet him in person. What a great photo of your both! You've had some amazing experiences. Love the imagery too. Hope you're having a great end to your weekend.

Rock On,
Susan πŸŽΈπŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Hi Susan

Yeah, I’ve had some great musical encounters over the years and Les was definitely one of the highlights!

He was one in a million. 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

A true legend of the music world here Frank!

What an honour it must have been to meet him!

Happy birthday Les!!

πŸ‘πŸŽΈπŸ»πŸ˜Ž

It was an incredible honor and a great opportunity, Nick! πŸ™ πŸ™

Ahhh, the good ol' days, but I'm still having fun. Lol 😎

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

The good ol' days indeed Frank, but... I know you will continue to have fun no matter what day it is my friend!!

πŸŽΈπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Yeah, it's my super-power, Nick, which was drilled into me by my Italian family from as far back as I can remember! Lol πŸ˜†

Frank 🀘🎸

Hahaha Frank!!

Rock On!!

πŸ‘πŸ€£πŸ˜ŽπŸ»πŸŽΈπŸΉ

The names you mention are a who's who in the music industry.

A friend of mine was a big part of the music industry and I love nothing more than listening to stories about my favorite stars who were his collaborators.

A different era and you have some fantastic memories.

Thanks, Karen! πŸ™

Check out the tribute video & you'll have a great time! 😎

Frank 🀘🎸

Happy Birthday, Les! What a legend. It's too cool that you got to meet him, Frank. I'll definitely watch the tribute tonight.

Dave

You'll definitely LOVE the tribute video, Dave! πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Rock On! 🀘
Frank 🎸

That's great Frank! Its experiences like that which add spice to our lives. Well done.

Mel

I had a lot of connections in the music industry back then, Mel. I was the backstage doc at a large concert venue and met many promoters and managers.

My music room is filled with those memories, with dozens of autographed record albums of my favorite bands. 😎

Frank 🎸

That is truly awesome Frank! I'm happy for you.

Mel

Yeah, it's been lots of fun, Mel! 😎

Hey Frank

Your pin says it all, about 35 years ago for me! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Les was truly an amazing person and what he did for guitars and music, will likely have a HUGE impact on music forever! And what an honor for you to have met him! That's Awesome!

Happy Birthday Les!! πŸŽΈπŸ˜ŽπŸŽΆπŸŽ‚

Keep on Rockin!!

Thanks for the cool post, Frank! 🀘🀘

Tim 🎼

Hi Tim

Yeah, it was a humbling experience, for sure!

Les changed the music in an extraordinary way, and you won't see his kind again.

I knew you'd get a kick out of the pin! Lol
It reminds me of my high school days. We even had a cheap smoke machine that never worked right. Hahaha πŸ˜‚

Rock On and listen to some Les today to honor him! 🀘
Frank 🎸

Haha, cool!

We ran about a 40 can light show, with smoke, a soundman and a light man, but still made no money! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Watching the tribute, Eddie is playing now. Very Cool! 😎🎸!

Thanks again for this post, Frank! 🎸😎🎢

Tim 🎼

Wow, that's impressive, Tim! πŸ‘πŸ‘

We were just teenagers back then, having a good time. Lol 😎

Yeah, that's a super cool concert, and it shows the reverence those big stars had for Les. So glad you're enjoying it. Did you know that Les was Steve Miller's godfather??

Iii didn't know that! Wow!

Thanks for more cool info!

It's in the concert you're watching, when Steve comes on to do his show. 😎

Sorry about that last message, I was on my zero turn mowing and trying to type! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I'll finish the concert later on.

Tim 🎼

No worries, Tim! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Frank 🀘🎸

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