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Les Paul, circa 1950 (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Today, it’s “sign on the dotted line”, plus: a Stones classic turns 36, and props to one of the most influential inventors of all-time!

6/09/1972 - (42 years ago today) This is where it all begins: Bruce Springsteen signs a contract with Columbia Records and starts to assemble a backing group from various Asbury Park ex-band mates. Here’s one of the reasons why CBS wanted him; check out the audio on this ’72 performance at Max’s Kansas City:

 

6/09/1978 – (36 years ago today) The Rolling Stones release one of  their strongest albums ever, the rock solid “Some Girls”, their first LP recorded with Ronnie Wood as an official full-time member of the group. With not one duff tune on either side, it served notice to the punk scene that the old guys still had it and were not to be dismissed as over-the-hill geezers! As always with The Stones, there was mucho controversy over the album’s cover. Designed by artist Peter Corriston, it featured The Stones in garish drag alongside famous female celebrities and lingerie ads. Legal action was threatened by Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), and the estate of Marilyn Monroe because permission to use their pics was not granted ahead of time. The cover then had to be altered and re-printed, turning those first pressings into a bit of a Collector’s Item for fans.

 

6/09/1915 - Born on this day, guitarist Les Paul, who not only invented the Gibson Les Paul guitar, but also was bona-fide pioneer of recording techniques and production, being amongst the very first to use “close miking”, echo delay, and multi-layering on his albums and singles. When he broke his arm in a car accident, he had it set at an angle so he could still play guitar! Paul passed away on August 13, 2009, after suffering severe pneumonia, in a hospital in White Plains, New York. He was 94. Anyone who ever picks up an electric six-string owes him alot. Like Billy Squier introducing Les and Jeff Beck playing together:

 

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