Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA
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Electric guitar, multitrack recording pioneer
Jazz, Swing, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop
Quirky, Cheerful, Playful, Soothing, Earnest, Elegant, Exuberant, Amiable/Good-Natured, Happy, Springlike, Rollicking, Freewheeling, Fun, Laid-Back/Mellow, Refined/Mannered, Sentimental, Smooth, Sweet
Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Arranger
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Les Paul is an American jazz guitarist and inventor. He is a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible." His many recording innovations include overdubbing, delay effects such as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.
He was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin to George and Evelyn Polsfuss. The family name was first simplified by his mother to Polfuss before he took his stage name of Les Paul. He also used the nickname "Red Hot Red".
Paul first became interested in music at the age of eight, when he began playing the harmonica. After an attempt at learning to play the banjo, he began to play the guitar. By 13, Paul was performing semi-professionally as a country-music guitarist. At the age of 17, Paul played with Rube Tronson`s Texas Cowboys, and soon after he dropped out of high school to join Wolverton`s Radio Band in St. Louis, Missouri on KMOX.
In the 1930s, Paul worked in Chicago in radio, where he performed jazz music. Paul`s first two records were released in 1936. One was credited to Rhubarb Red, Paul`s hillbilly alter ego, and the other was as an accompanist for blues artist Georgia White.
In January 1948, Paul was injured in a near-fatal automobile accident in Oklahoma, which shattered his right arm and elbow. Doctors told Paul that there was no way for them to rebuild his elbow in a way that would let him regain movement, and that his arm would remain in whatever position they placed it in permanently. Paul then instructed the surgeons to set his arm at an angle that would allow him to cradle and pick the guitar. It took him a year and a half to recover.
In July 2005, a 90th-birthday tribute concert was held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After performances by Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Jose Feliciano and a number of other contemporary guitarists and vocalists, Les was presented with a commemorative guitar from the Gibson Guitar Corporation.
On November 15, 2008, Les Paul received the American Music Masters award through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a tribute concert in the State Theater in Cleveland. Among more than a dozen guest performers were Duane Eddy, Ace Frehley, Eric Carmen, Lonnie Mack, and Slash.
Full Name at Birth
Lester William Polsfuss
Gibson Les Paul, His famous guitar innovations
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Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 â€“ August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Paul taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.
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White Plains Hospital, White Plains, New York, USA
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Jazz, Country, Blues, Rock And Roll
Inventor, Musician, Songwriter
Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Piano
Banjo, Harmonica, Piano
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banjo, harmonica, piano
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