Les Paul guitars - Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Jemal Countess/Getty Images

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Les Paul[/lastfm] would have turned 96 years old today, and the best way you can honor anyone these days is by having Google design and devote their homepage (a “Google Doodle”) to you for the day.

Seriously, this is better than a parade or fireworks.

les paul google Google Pays Tribute To Les Paul On His 96th Birthday

Google home page on June 9, 2011

For the man that developed the solid-body electric guitar and “made the sound of rock and roll possible,” this is the only way we do his work any justice.

The list of musicians who played [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Les Paul[/lastfm] guitars is endless. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eric Clapton[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Duane Allman[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]B.B. King[/lastfm] are just a few that jump to mind, and they’re considered some of the greatest guitarists of all time. A great artist that uses your tool to practice their trade is the highest compliment they can pay you.

What about those of us who aren’t musically inclined, let alone able to pluck away at a six string and play “Mary Had a Little Lamb?” Having billions of people forget about their jobs or any sort of productivity is the best way to bring their attention to someone who contributed so much to our culture.

Thanks, Google.

Seriously. Go to Google right now. I guarantee any work you need to get done will be put on the back burner.

(I’m not kidding. Before I wrote this up, I spent about a half hour spinning my cursor around like it was [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Pete Townshend[/lastfm]’s arm striking his SG Special. Don’t tell my boss.)

Here’s someone who practiced a few songs, recorded them, and put it up on YouTube.

Let’s get this straight. This person learned four, albeit simple, songs, posted them to YouTube, then probably went to lunch. It had to be 1pm before any semblance of work got done.

Happy 96th Les Paul. The face of rock ‘n’ roll wouldn’t be the same without you. And thank you, Google. For once the burden of the world’s procrastination wasn’t on the shoulders of Facebook.


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  1. RainboRay says:

    I’ll treasure that video as one of the greatest and most memorable YOUTUBE videos I’ve ever seen!


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