Les Paul, inventor and innovator of the solid body electric guitar, passed away last week.  Paul signed with Gibson Guitar company in 1950 to design and manufacture The Gibson Les Paul model, still available today.  Just as there would be no rock n’ roll without the electric guitar; there would be no Chicago blues without the influence of electrified guitar sound.  Chicago blues in the 1960s was dominated by Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Howlin’ Wolf.  Correspondent Russell Hall has ranked Howlin’ Wolf’s “Spoonful”, released on Chess Records in 1960, as having one of the top 10 great Gibson Les Paul solos.  Wolf’s band included Hubert Sumlin on a Gibson Les Paul for the single.  Have a listen.  You can hear all the bands that have been influenced since then.

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