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Les Paul Birthday Block Weekend on 102.9 MGK

June 102023 - June 112023

102.9 MGK will celebrate Les Paul Birthday Block Weekend on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11.

We’ll play blocks of three songs from three different bands with guitarists who played the Gibson Les Paul at one point or another during their performing careers.

Les Paul innovated how recordings were made and developed the guitars that left a lasting impact on the work of some of the best Rock & Roll artists of all time.

Whether it was Jimmy Page rocking his “Number One” Gibson Les Paul with Led Zeppelin or Eric Clapton showing off his skills throughout an unforgettable career, the signature guitar model has stood the test of time.

Bands like the Who, Rush, and Boston might never have reached the big stage without the help of the birthday boy Les Paul.

Ask your smart speaker to “Play 102.9 MGK” this weekend to enjoy some of the greatest bands in Rock & Roll bands ever to feature the most iconic signature guitar brand.

6 Legendary Gibson Les Paul Guitarists

  • Jimmy Page

    As the story goes, Jimmy Page purchased the “Number One” Gibson Les Paul Standard from future Eagles legend Joe Walsh in 1969, according to The Met.

    If the sale had never happened, would Led Zeppelin have become one of the most successful rock bands in history? 

    Page has used the same guitar throughout his career, as Led Zeppelin continues an illustrious run over 50 years later.


  • Eric Clapton

    Eric Clapton is the only musician inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame three times. He first entered as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992, followed by a second opportunity with Cream in 1993, and finally, as a solo artist in 2000.

    “Beano,” the Gibson Les Paul he used to record in 1966, mysteriously disappeared. Guitar World described its “mythical status” as one of the great mysteries in Rock & Roll history.

    He has rotated other Les Pauls throughout an illustrious career.


  • Billy Gibbons

    Billy Gibbons nicknamed his 1959 Les Paul “Pearly Gates,” and the iconic nickname has become synonymous ZZ Top and their lead guitarist.

    “I’ve spent plenty of money putting together a collection of guitars attempting to find something to replicate Pearly, and it just hasn’t happened yet,” Gibbons told Guitar Player in 2020.

    He’s used it to record every ZZ Top album since the band formed in 1969.


  • Neil Young

    Neil Young has had an unforgettable career that’s included stints with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and even Pearl Jam.

    While he’s alternated between different guitars throughout a career that began in the 1960s, his GLP “Old Black” has been his trusted guitar during his most memorable moments, including “Cinnamon Girl” on Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.


  • Duane Allman

    Duane and Gregg Allman started the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 along with Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson), and Butch Trucks.

    Duane Allman’s rotation of Gibson Les Paul guitars helped them become one of the most influential Southern rock bands of all time.


  • Ace Frehley

    Ace Frehley is the co-founder and guitarist of Kiss. His innovative style included guitar solos with smoking Les Paul guitars, and his legacy lives on through collectors that remember his creativity.


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