Lester “Rusty” Paul, Son of Les Paul, Dies at Age 74

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Lester “Rusty” G. Paul, son of the innovator and musician Les Paul, passed away on New Year’s Eve from complications associated with diabetes. He was 74.

Rusty was a constant figure by his father’s side during the guitarist’s life and became a popular musician on his own, performing at various venues around the country with his band, the Rusty Paul Band. He could often be seen sitting in with musical artists, including Les Paul’s godson Steve Miller, and was friends with many other famous musicians, including Richie Sambora, Slash and Eddie Van Halen.

He worked to keep alive the legacy of his father, who died in 2009 at the age of 94. Rusty had three other siblings: his brothers Gene W. Paul and Robert (Bobby) Paul and sister Colleen Wess.

Numerous tributes were posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rusty Paul grew up surrounded by the emerging technology of sound recording and the famous artists his father collaborated with throughout his long career. He himself was an experienced sound engineer and often credited his father for giving him the inspiration to explore music and technology.

Services will take place at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home at 109 Darlington Avenue in Ramsey, New Jersey on Wednesday from 2:00–4:00 p.m. and 5:00–9:00 p.m. The funeral will take place Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Rusty Paul will be laid to rest at Marycrest Cemetery in Mahwah, New Jersey.