We’ve been doing acts from the British Invasion here, I know, but I’m going to do an extra one today: Les Paul, for two reasons:
- It would be his 100th birthday today, and
- His contributions to popular music, including the Gibson guitar that bears his name, the echo, and multitrack recording, added more to the British sound than anything.
So, here are a couple by Les, who was as great a guitarist as he was an inventor. First is “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise,” with wife Mary Ford, on one of their five-minute TV shows in the 1950’s. The second is a live performance of “How High The Moon,” in which Les demonstrates “the Paulverizer,” a device that allowed him to do multitracking live.
Les, Happy Birthday, and thanks for all the music and all you did for it.