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Les Paul, acclaimed guitar player, entertainer and inventor, died from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., Aug. 13.
One of the foremost influences on 20th century sound and responsible for the world’s most famous guitar, the Les Paul model, Les Paul’s prestigious career in music and invention spans from the 1930s to the present. He is best known as an early innovator in the development of the solid body guitar. His groundbreaking design would become the template for Gibson’s best-selling electric, the Les Paul model, introduced in 1952. Today, countless musical legends still consider Paul’s iconic guitar unmatched in sound and prowess. In 1976, Les won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Country Performance with country guitar legend Chet Atkins for their album, Chester and Lester.