September 3, 2008 |
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the "father of the electric guitar" this fall. Les Paul will be honored at the annual American Music Masters series, a weeklong event that begins Nov. 10, Rock Hall officials said Tuesday. A tribute concert is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Cleveland's State Theater. Paul, 93, is hoping to attend, said Rock Hall President Terry Stewart.
January 28, 2006 |
Guitar innovator Les Paul, possibly this year's only living Grammy nominee who had hit records before there were any Grammy Awards, will give a Grammy-week concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre with a slew of his admirers and musical disciples. Buddy Guy, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Edgar Winter, Joe Satriani, Neal Schon and others will take part in the "Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute" on Feb. 7, for which proceeds will benefit A Place Called Hope, a South L.A.
May 1, 1998 |
As compelling as it was to see Les Paul, the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, paired onstage with such modern guitar heroes as Slash and Steve Vai, the best part of Wednesday's House of Blues extravaganza celebrating the venerable musician came when the Les Paul Trio had the spotlight to itself. "Do you play guitar?" the quick-witted Paul, 82, asked a good-natured heckler early in the first of the evening's two sets. "No," the man said. "Then what are you doing here?" Paul replied.
February 15, 2014 |
What does a company do when it retrieves government-confiscated building materials? If that company is Gibson Guitar Corp., it makes guitars from it. Late last year, the 120-year-old Nashville music company released a limited series of Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars with fingerboards made from wood that federal agents had seized in factory raids. The company produced 750 instruments for that first batch, which quickly sold out. Responding to continued demand, Gibson this year released about 1,000 more Government Series guitars, which sold out "in minutes," according to Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz. PHOTOS: Daughters of rock stars "We kept getting calls, and we had wood left over," said Juszkiewicz, 60. Those who still want to get their hands on a Government Series Gibson guitar might have to resort to EBay, though.
June 8, 2005 |
Two hours before show time, the band at the Iridium was sound-checking with a song that's been around awhile, "Misty," the singer going "I'm too misty / And too much in love" before the lead guitarist took over, the fingers of his left hand sliding down the neck of the electric guitar to end the tune with a flurry of high notes, a little show-off riff.
June 13, 1993 |
Americans have always had a genius for innovation in their popular music, a talent expressed in constantly evolving musical forms and in the endless invention and adaptation of instruments suitable to those forms. Musical form often has dictated function, as when the first musician coaxed blue notes out of a harmonica and gave birth to the blues harp. But with the advent of electronic instruments, it has also been the case that technical advances pave the way for radical changes in the music.