One hundred and four years is a long time. It’s highly doubtful that most of us will be remembered around the world one hundred and four years after our birth.
But then, Les Paul wasn’t most people. June 9th, 2019, marks the 104th anniversary of Les’s birth. We lost him in 2009 and there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think of him in some way.
A memorable moment onstage with Les at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater
Les was a very special man and as fortunate as we were to know him, we were even more fortunate to be able to count him as a dear friend.
We’d like to share some news we got from Les’s son, Gene Paul. Gene let us know about a project to honor his father that he’s been working on for some time. Gene’s project, a beautiful website, lespaulremembered.com, was obviously built with love and unveiled to coincide with, what would have been, Les’s 104th birthday. We’ve just finished spending more than a little time wandering around the website and, trust us, it’s REALLY good and deserves a significant amount of your time, too.
Also, as most of you who follow our paths inside your radio speakers and online know, we’ve recounted many of the memories of our time with Les and shared them along with personal photos, behind the scenes stories, memories from friends such as Duane Eddy, Charlie Daniels, Tommy Emmanuel, Doyle Dykes, Muriel Anderson and more plus some of the over 60 hours of conversations (We won’t call them “interviews” because they always felt more intimate than that.) we did with Les in a book titled “A Little More Les.” We’re very proud of the book and like to think that Les would have approved.
We’ll turn on the blatant plug light long enough to tell you that, if you’d like to learn “a little more” about this special man, you can order a copy just by clicking on this link.
One Hundred and Four years from now, we’re confident that, all over the world, people will still remember Les Paul. That’s not a bad legacy for the “Wizard Of Waukesha.”
Happy Birthday, Les!