Friday, July 13, 2007

Les Paul and Mary Ford

I always thought this guy made guitars or something…well, big surprise, I was a little off. He not only collaborated with Gibson on the most popular solid-body electric guitar design ever, a design that hasn’t changed much since 1952, he also sold over 20 million records in the early 50s with his wife, Mary Ford, and invented multi-track recording (for overdubbing and so on).

He is the only person to be in both the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Wow...he da man!

So, you can learn something from the tele, you just have to tune in to the right channel…see all about it here.


Mark said...

Very cool! Thanks for the education. One more peice of trivia to irritate people at parties with, ha.

HollyGL said...

Oh my gosh, I had no idea! That's really interesting.

Speaking of guitars, I was watching a VH1 special about Steve Miller, and - although I've always been a fan - I had forgotten what an amazing guitar player, and musician in general, he is. He's one of those people that has had such an impact on music, but you don't really think about him right away when you consider that kind of thing. It was great to see him looking great, and hear him talk about "back in the day".

kevin said...

My kids seemed to have (permanently) borrowed my copy of Steve Miller's greatest-bummer.