Eleven years ago today, Les Paul passed but his life, legacy, and innovative spirit lives on through the Les Paul Foundation.
One day in July 1949, BingCrosby stopped by Les and Mary's house in California. Bing surprised Les with one of the first Ampex Model 300 tape machines. He said "This is yours, for what you have done for me." Les was blown away and very thankful for the gift. Les said of the gift "It was a gesture of respect and friendship I'll never forget, and its changed my life forever!" #lespaul #musiceducation #musician #guitarist #bingcrosby #chasingsound #ampex
By the time Les was a teenager, he played regular gigs at local service clubs, talent shows and weekly concerts at Waukesha’s Cutler Park bandshell. In 1988, the city changed the name of the band shell to honor Les. #lespaul #music #jazz #guitarist #halloffamer #waukesha #wisconsin #lespaulperformancecenter
A PERFECT GIFT! Les Paul In His Own Words is a perfect gift for all music lovers!! The charm of this book is “listening” to Les Paul tell his story. Michael Cochran captures Les’ way of telling stories and Les had plenty to tell. This large, beautiful book encompasses the fascinating life of the musician and inventor who seemed to live forever. Les takes the reader from his childhood in Waukesha, Wisconsin through his adventures in St. Louis, Chicago, LA, New Jersey and New York. Les explains how he developed the solid-body guitar and endless recording techniques that changed the world of music. The high quality color prints and photos include many of Les Paul, his extensive guitar collection, musician friends, his inventions and his home recording studios in LA and New Jersey. Les’ passion for sound and life, his humor and determination permeate his story. The 368 pages exemplify Les Paul’s positive outlook as he faced multiple setbacks and disappointments. Les’ story in all its delightfulness is the essence of reminding each of us to push aside self-pity and apathy and strive for what is important to us. Les, the perfectionist, enjoyed this book. www.lespaulfoundation.org $29.99 #lespaul #johnrich #lespaulfoundation #guitarplayer #music #guitar #guitarist #musiclover #guitarlover #gifts #giftideas
Link in bio. GREAT LES INTERVIEW!!! @WBUR In this program, recorded at Avatar Studios in 1999, Marian McPartland makes it a quartet, and they perform jazz standards and reminisce on Paul's long and illustrious career, including his early days as a country musician. Originally recorded Jan. 28, 1999, at Avatar Studios, New York. Originally broadcast June 1, 1999. #lespaul #WBUR #radio #piano #jazz #radioshow #radiohistory @wbur
LES PAUL: MR. GUITAR MAN Jimmy Fazio's restaurants were located in downtown Milwaukee. The Town Room and Jimmy Fazio's Supperclub, showcased performers from Dagmar to Patti Page (at a $150 per week salary ) to the Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey orchestras. (SOURCE: Sun Sentinel ) #lespaul #guitar #guitarist #guitarplayer #musichistory #supperclub #milwaukee #wisconsin