The guitar pioneer died of complications of pneumonia

Premier Guitar is saddened to learn of the death of Les Paul. He died of complications of pneumonia this morning. Click here to read the Associated Press story. Click here to read our tribute to the legend. Please share your own comments on Les and his contributions.

Comments from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame:
“Without Les Paul, we would not have rock and roll as we know it,” said Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “His inventions created the infrastructure for the music and his playing style will ripple through generations. He was truly an architect of rock and roll.” 

“Les Paul was truly a unique human being,” said Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs. “He was an artist who made his mark as a tremendously influential guitarist. He was also an inventor, the man responsible for the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording. Few people have accomplished as much as Les did in his legendary career. We will truly miss him.”

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