THANK YOU LES PAUL

 

SDPB1: Friday, June 13, 9pm (8 MT)

 

   THANK YOU LES PAUL pays tribute to the legendary entertainer Les Paul and his beloved music and recording innovations. Made only a few years after his passing, the program includes a star-studded cast of musicians and features Les' longtime sideman, Lou Pallo, in a studio performing a collection of Les Paul favorites.

   In between songs, the loving tribute features interviews and anecdotes with musicians and friends who reminisce about their personal memories with Les, including his inventive musical genius as well as his endless drive and sense of humor. 

   Filled with masterful musicianship, the program offers fans a chance to relive the famous intimate Monday nights with Les Paul at New York's Iridium Jazz Club.  Hear noted musician Johnny A. play "Sweet Georgia Brown," the last song Les ever played live on stage.  Sink your ears into the rich, melodic "Besame Mucho" with guitarist/vocalist José Feliciano.  And, indulge in Les’ favorite song, "Over the Rainbow," with singer Melinda Doolittle. 

   Big name rock 'n' rollers, including The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, The Steve Miller Band's Steve Miller, Guns ‘N Roses’ Slash, and ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons, all pay their respects, while legendary jazz musicians also add their talents to the program.  Tommy Doyle, Les' soundman and luthier, is featured on “Memories of You,” while saxophonist Bob Leive performs a lively rendition of the jazz standard “St. Louis Blues.”

   Additional songs performed include: "Avalon," "Brazil," "Caravan," "Deep in the Blues," "Nature Boy," "September Song," "Tennessee Waltz," "Vaya Con Dios," and “Smile.”

   Moving and heartfelt, and filled with wonderful individual memories and insight, the program paints a picture of what it was like to work alongside a master of music.  As Eddie Brigati Jr. of The Rascals says, “there will never be another Les Paul.”

 

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