Musicians are honoring an original guitar hero, Les Paul. He was 94 years old when he died Thursday. The versatile guitarist, producer and broadcaster helped to popularize the solid-body electric guitar and practically invented multi-track music recording. Deke Dickerson, who writes for Guitar Magazine, told KPCC’s Larry Mantle that it’s hard to overemphasize Paul’s place in music history.
Deke Dickerson: "It’s really sort of hard to calculate how important Les Paul was in terms of the electric guitar, because he’s really sort of like the first caveman to rub two sticks together to make a fire. You know, everything that came after it is sort of measured by that event."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Les Paul in 1988, and he won two Grammy Awards the year he turned 90.