Thursday, June 9, 2011

Google pay tribute to Les Paul on his 96th birthday with Guitar Doodle

Lester William Polsfuss—known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was born on June 9, 1915. Google is paying tribute to him with Guitar Doodle. This is an animated doodle and works on mouse over like a guitar. Happy birthday to Les Paul.

He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible". He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed. Read Full artical on wikipedia.

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