Guitar master Les Paul has left us today at the age of 94 after battling complications with pneumonia. The innovator of solid body guitars, multi-track recording, and tape delay has definitely left his profound effect on the music world. The electric guitar pioneer, born in 1915 in Wisconsin, immersed himself in music and recording for his entire life. He designed his first solid body guitar in the 1930s and called it “The Log” due to the fact that it was made out of a normal length of wood. He later on went to create the famous Gibson Les Paul which many of the rock and roll greats have used. You could say that Paul’s guitars helped to define the sound of rock and roll.
What a legacy Les Paul has left us as well. Notable users of his guitar include Jimmy Page, Bob Marley, and in much more recent times, Bon Iver. Check out videos below of all of these musicians rocking out with their Les Pauls.
Led Zeppelin (Jimmy Page used a Gibson Les Paul for material on Led Zeppelin’s second album and onwards)
Bob Marley & the Wailers performing “I Shot the Sheriff”
Bon Iver performing “Blood Bank”
Who are some of your favorite Gibson Les Paul users?
Dis-N-Dat Band, a neo-reggae group, just tore it up on Rockers. They performed three new songs off their new album: “Revelation,” “Pacific” and “So Good.” Musical influences include Black Uhuru, Sly & Robbie and, of course, Bob Marley. They have graced WERS studios multiple times over the years and we’re glad to have them back. To hear more live bands, check out the rest of this week between 7 and 10 p.m. on Rockers, “Boston’s Home for Reggae.”