One year ago today, Les Paul, the father of the electric guitar, passed away at age 94. He’s not forgotten: The New York jazz club Iridium — where Paul had weekly performances — continues to host tribute nights once a week. And on August 26th, CNN International will pay tribute to Paul with the documentary Les Paul: the Original Guitar Hero. The program will focus on his contributions to rock & roll through interviews with Paul McCartney, Slash and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. “Les was the great innovator, the great experimenter,” McCartney said in a statement.
Revisit Rolling Stone’s Les Paul coverage in our archives: