Les Paul

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 1988

Inducted by: Jeff Beck

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1988 (ranked #6 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

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15 comments so far (post your own)

This is an inductee who is definitely worth looking into...metalsmith, check this out! He and Leo Fender basically invented the electric guitar, plus over-dubbing, multi-track recording, came up with some of the first "effects" pedals, etc... Plus, he was a wicked player in his own right!


Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 17:43pm

Django Reinhardt was also a true guitar original, He was a bonafide gypsy, and if you notice he primarily used only two fingers on his left hand (it was severely burned in a fire when he was young), but he was a fiery player.


Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 17:56pm

I'm sorry...THIS is the Django Reinhardt video!!


Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 18:04pm

I can't believe nobody else has been to this page. We probably wouldn't even have rock and roll without Les Paul.

Posted by Metalsmith on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 18:56pm

That assumption probably isn't too far off the mark...he definitely made a very profound impact. I don't think he even realized the MONSTER he was helping to create...lol!!!

Posted by Terry on Thursday, 02.14.08 @ 19:44pm

If a guitar is named after you, you have to be good and of course he was good.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 16:25pm

Mike...Les Paul's contributions are a little more involved than just having a guitar named after him. Look into his history,,,you'll be totally amazed!

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 17:42pm

As he would say "keep on picken!!!"

Posted by mrxzy on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 10:38am

RIP Les Paul

Posted by akeem on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 14:38pm

RIP Les, Thanks for everything you have done for music.

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 15:09pm

This is a sad day for the music world. Rest in peace Les Paul.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 15:13pm

R.I.P. Les Paul

Posted by Steve Z on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 15:27pm

Les Paul isn't a legend...he is THE legend! I am eternally grateful for everything you did. Rest well, old friend. You always will be...


Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 08.13.09 @ 16:50pm

RIP, Les. And thank you.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 08.14.09 @ 23:06pm

Jimmy Page had this to say about Les Paul: "He is the man who started everything. He is a genius."

His name is synonymous with the electric guitar, yet people tend to overlook his impact upon the jazz world. Before Les diverted his attenion to recording muti-layered songs for the pop market, he made his name as a jazz guitarist, but as a guitar player and a recording artist, he would spend all his life being an innovator. You could say that rock and roll would not have existed without his invention.

Paul devloped his own hard swinging style of rapid runs, fluttered single notes and a chunking rhythm support by throwing in country licks and comedic crowd pleasing effects.

While the critics hated his style, Les didn't care becuase he wanted to show his audiences a fun time.

By the time of his pasting in 2009, Les Paul had given his name to an electric guitar and had influenced many of rock's greatest guitarists from Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page to Eddie Van Halen.

Posted by Andrew on Wednesday, 02.27.13 @ 13:02pm

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