Working in the music section of a bookstore has it's advantages. One is to pick the music that is played in the store. One of the great pleasures was a while back when Les Paul was one of our corporate choices.
It was amazing how many people came up to ask "Who is that you're playing?" When told it was Les Paul & Mary Ford they were surprised because though they knew the music, they didn't know the artist.
His death will bring the same response. Truly more influential than a majority of the people (including most artists) will ever know.