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Dog Days of Summer Playlist: Honoring the late great Les Paul

09/14/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

We are so fortunate to have had Les Paul for almost a century. His music, arrangements, and electronic innovation changed our world forever. We loved him for so long.


Vintage Les Paul. Photo: Case Western Reserve University.

"A personal mentor and friend to me." - Phil Ramone

  

Les Paul with Phil Ramone. Photo courtesy of Phil Ramone.

Les Paul & Mary Ford

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Les Paul & Mary Ford
Song: How High the Moon
Album: The Best of the Capitol Masters:

90th Birthday Edition

Neil Young

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Neil Young
Song: Cough Up the Bucks
Album: Fork in the Road

Francis Dunnery

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Rock
Artist: Francis Dunnery
Song: Sunshine
Album: Tall Blonde Helicopter

Devendra Banhart

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Alternative
Artist: Devendra Banhart

Song: Lazy Butterfly
Album: Cripple Crow

Count Basie & Tony Bennett

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Jazz
Artist: Count Basie & Tony Bennett
Song: I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans

Album: Basie Swings, Bennett Sings

Califone

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Alternative
Artist: Califone
Song: Your Golden Ass
Album: Quicksand/Cradlesnakes

Brazilian Girls

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Electronic

Artist: Brazilian Girls

Song: Homme

Album: Brazilian Girls

Carolina Liar

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Pop
Artist: Carolina Liar
Song: I'm Not Over
Album: Coming to Terms

Jill Scott

Buy: iTunes
Genre: R&B/Soul

Artist: Jill Scott
Song: Golden
Album: Beautifully Human:

Words and Sounds, Vol. 2

Janis Joplin

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Janis Joplin

Song: Summertime
Album: Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits

Jesse Lenat

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Jesse Lenat
Song: Ogallala
Album: Reach for Love

Winterpills

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Winterpills
Song: July
Album: The Light Divides

India.Arie

Buy: iTunes

Genre: R&B/Soul
Artist: India.Arie, Rascal Flatts & Victor Wooten
Song: Summer
Album: Testimony: Vol. 1,

Life & Relationship

The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Rock
Artist: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Song: Long Hot Summer Night
Album: Electric Ladyland (Remastered)

Ray Price

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Country
Artist: Ray Price

Song: Night Life
Album: Columbia Country Classics,

Vol. 4: The Nashville Sound

The B-52's

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Pop
Artist: The B-52's
Song: Dirty Back Road

Album: Wild Planet

Nick Drake

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Folk
Artist: Nick Drake
Song: River Man
Album: Way to Blue: An Introduction

to Nick Drake

Pinetop Seven

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Alternative
Artist: Pinetop Seven
Song: June
Album: The Night's Bloom

RuRu

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Pop/

Alternative
Artist: RuRu
Song: Golden
Album: Elizabeth

Aretha Franklin

Buy: iTunes
Genre: R&B/Soul

Artist: Aretha Franklin
Song: Ain't No Way
Album: Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits

R.L. Burnside

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Blues
Artist: R.L. Burnside
Song: Peaches

Album: First Recordings

Reilly

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Reilly
Song: June
Album: Let June Decide

Lone Justice

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Lone Justice
Song: Sweet Sweet Baby (I'm Falling)
Album: Lone Justice

Pete Yorn

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Alternative
Artist: Pete Yorn
Song: Strange Condition
Album: Musicforthemorningafter

Sly & The Family Stone

Buy: iTunes
Genre: R&B/Soul

Artist: Sly & The Family Stone
Song: Hot Fun in the Summertime
Album: The Essential Sly

& The Family Stone

Peter & Gordon

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Pop

Artist: Peter & Gordon
Song: The Green Leaves of Summer

(The Alamo)
Album: The Ultimate Peter & Gordon

Rod Stewart

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock

Artist: Rod Stewart
Song: (I Know) I'm Losing You
Album: Every Picture Tells a Story

Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Latin
Artist: Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco

Song: Burning Bridges (Rumba)
Album: Noche Flamenca

Bruce Springsteen

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Song: The Fever
Album: 18 Tracks

Michael Jackson

Buy: iTunes
Genre: R&B/Soul
Artist: Michael Jackson
Song: Farewell My Summer Love
Album: Hello World:

The Motown Solo Collection

Mungo Jerry

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Mungo Jerry
Song: In the Summertime
Album: The Very Best of Mungo Jerry

Sonny Rollins

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Jazz
Artist: Sonny Rollins
Song: Where Are You
Album: The Bridge (Remastered)

Baby Huey

Buy: iTunes
Genre: R&B/Soul

Artist: Baby Huey
Song: California Dreamin'
Album: The Baby Huey Story:

The Living Legend

George Shearing

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Jazz
Artist: George Shearing

Song: Early Autumn
Album: The Best of George Shearing,

Vol. 2 (1960-1969)

Noah Georgeson

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Alternative
Artist: Noah Georgeson
Song: Walking On Someone Else's Name

Album: Find Shelter

Wu-Tang Clan

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap
Artist: Wu-Tang Clan
Song: C.R.E.A.M.
Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

Led Zeppelin

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Rock

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Song: Going to California

Album: Led Zeppelin IV (Remastered)

Wussy

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Folk
Artist: Wussy
Song: Soak It Up
Album: Funeral Dress

Tony Joe White

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Tony Joe White

Song: Set the Hook
Album: Deep Cuts

Weezer

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Alternative
Artist: Weezer
Song: Island in the Sun
Album: Weezer (Green Album)

Anubian Lights

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Electronic
Artist: Anubian Lights
Song: Frequency of Sand
Album: Let Not the Flame Die Out

Oscar Brown Jr.

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Jazz
Artist: Oscar Brown Jr.
Song: Summer in the City
Album: Mr. Oscar Brown Jr. Goes to Washington

Mudcrutch

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Rock
Artist: Mudcrutch

Song: Scare Easy
Album: Mudcrutch

Donny Hathaway

Buy: iTunes
Genre: R&B/Soul
Artist: Donny Hathaway
Song: The Ghetto

Album: Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics

Trans Am

Buy: iTunes
Genre: Alternative
Artist: Trans Am
Song: June
Album: Liberation

Peggy Lee

Buy: iTunes

Genre: Jazz

Artist: Peggy Lee

Song: Is That All There Is?

Album: The Best of Miss Peggy Lee