I’m late with this, but I couldn’t let the passing of Les Paul go without comment. Unquestionably one of the virtuoso guitarists of all time, Les was also a brilliant innovator and inventor who pioneered the use of overdubbing, tape delay and multi-track recording and devised one of the first solid-body electric guitars. In short, he pretty much shaped the sound of popular music through the latter half of the 20th Century, and today.
Les Paul lived an amazing 94 years and kept playing right up to the end. Here’s a clip of him from 1991, still in top form at the age of 77. Harps are nice and everything, but Heaven’s got to sound a little cooler now.