Guitarist and recording pioneer Les Paul dies, aged 94

  • 13 August 2009

Les Paul, the jazz musician and inventor, has died, aged 94.

In addition to his name featuring on the iconic guitar made by manufacturer Gibson, Les Paul was also credited with pioneering 'sound on sound' recording, where one sound is recorded of top of another. Prior to his advancements in this area using home-built equipment, recordings featuring two or more musical elements still had to played 'live' into the recording device. He was also pioneering in his use of tape delay, phasing effects and multi-track recording.

His death followed complications from pneumonia.

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