Les Paul, guitarist
birth name: Lester William Polsfuss

Les Paul

June 9, 1915, Waukesha, WI ~ August 13, 2009, White Plains, NY

“The first time I heard Les Paul's music, I was just a kid - maybe 4 years old. My mother was a DJ, and her copy of How High The Moon is the first record I remember. He may have turned me on to guitar for all I know. When I was older, I came to appreciate him as a guitar player - he was so nimble. As I learned more about him, I realized that his real dynamic interest was in electronics and recording. The Gibson Les Paul was such a great guitar. It was very heavy - you could put your back out just playing it - but the sound was unique.” ~ Keith Richards ~ Time: Les Paul, Person of the year 2009 ~ retrieved May 7, 2014 © TIME

Rock & roll would sound a whole lot different if it wasn't for Paul. ~ Washington Post: Les Paul Obituary ~ August 13, 2009 © Washington Post

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June 9, 1979 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Sister Sledge, We Are Family ~ #2 (1) Donna Summer, Hot Stuff ~ #1 (3) The Bee Gees, Love You Inside Out


Les is one of the most significant figures in modern music, as integral to a musician’s life as Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell are to modern society. Les felt one of his greatest achievements was his induction into the Inventors Hall of Fame at the age of 90. Les Paul was that rare person in life, a true renaissance man. ~ Gibson: 2013, The year of Les Paul ~ retrieved May 7, 2014 © Gibson

Les Paul ~ Awarded a Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2005 Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Les Paul & Mary Ford ~ How High The Moon (Hamilton/Lewis) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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