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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Google Doodle of date - honouring Les Paul

Had earlier posted about Google doodle.  Doodles are the logos on the Google search home page – making search more fun and enjoyable for the user.  Doodles are the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists.    Perhaps the popularity of date could not have been imagined by the makers themselves.  Now they have become integral part of the google search experience.  There are some who excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!

Today, [9th June 2011 – Thursday] - Google has put up a digital version of the legendary electric guitar, the Gibson Les Paul, in place of its logo to celebrate the 96th birthday of the country and jazz guitarist, songwriter and inventor, Lester William Polsfuss, better known as Les Paul.   The Google doodle in honour of Les Paul is playable by hovering the cursor over the doodle. Les Paul was known for his innovative and experimental guitar playing style.

Born on June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Les Paul developed an interest in music at the age of eight when he started to play the harmonica, followed by banjo and finally moved to the love of his life - the guitar.  He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible". He is credited with many recording innovations.  His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, and inspired many guitarists of the present day.  He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.  Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee".
Let us look forward to some google doodle with Indian connection.  On 14th Mar 2011, it was dedicated to the first Indian movie with sound – Alam Ara (the light of the world 1931) directed by Ardeshir Irani.

Regards – S. Sampathkumar

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