Google's Thursday homepage doodle is celebrating what would have been the 96th birthday of musician Les Paul with a playable guitar logo.
For the next 24 hours, the logo on Google.com will be replaced with the strings of a guitar that will play a tune as you strum them with your mouse. In the U.S., users can click the black "compose" button and record a 30-second track. Clicking the button again will display a link to share the song you've just created.
Gibson Guitars, however, initially rejected Paul, referring to his creation as a "broomstick with pickups." The company was skeptical that musicians would want to carry around both an acoustic and electric guitar. As a result, Leo Fender beat Paul to the market in 1948 with his electric guitar, the Fender Broadcaster.
Paul worked steadily throughout his life. In 2005, at age 90, he released "American Made/World Played," which included appearances by a variety of well-known musicians and earned him two Grammys. Paul died at his home in Mahwah, New Jersey on August 13, 2009.
Edited by Union_Thug, 09 June 2011 - 08:47 AM.