Musician and Inventor. Born Lester William Polsfuss, he is known as the “Wizard of Waukesha“ and the father of the solid body electric guitar. Paul’s career spanned from country music to popular music to jazz. He is the only person in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Les Paul forever changed the recording industry with his innovations of multitrack recording, overdubbing, electronic reverb, guitar effects, phase shifting and more. Having his name on one of the world’s best-known electric guitars, the Gibson Les Paul, recognizes his innovations in developing the solid body electric guitar. The Les Paul guitar, introduced by the Gibson Guitar Company in 1952, is the rock musician’s definitive guitar. Les Paul was a television and radio star in the early 1950s with his wife Mary Ford. Their television show ran from 1953 to 1960. Their many hits, including “Tennessee Waltz,” “How High the Moon” and “Vaya Con Dios,” employed Les Paul’s new recording techniques that continue to be used by today’s musicians. Paul died of pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY. His memorial includes a short biography. At his request, Paul is buried next to his mother. His father and other relatives are buried elsewhere in Prairie Home Cemetery.
1924–1977 (m. 1949)