Les Paul

Les Paul

Original Name Lester William Polsfuss
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 12 Aug 2009 (aged 94)
White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA
Burial Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 40622216 · View Source
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Popular Music Pioneer. Born Lester William Polsfuss, he was known as the "Wizard of Waukesha" and the father of the electric guitar. Paul's career spanned from the jazz age through the new millennium. One of the world's best-known electric guitars, the Gibson Les Paul, is named after him. Paul was a star of television and radio in the early 1950s with his wife, Mary Ford, with hits such as "Tennessee Waltz," "How High the Moon" and "Vaya Con Dios." These hits employed a number of new recording techniques that were very influential to all musicians. Paul and Ford's television show ran from 1953 to 1960. The couple divorced in 1964. In addition to his artistic prowess, Paul was an inventor who harbored an interest in electronics and guitar amplification, ultimately culminating with the development of (and lending his name to) the solid body electric guitar. The Les Paul guitar was introduced by the Gibson Guitar company in 1952, and is the rock musician's definitive guitar. Paul's overdubbing and multitrack recording innovations are as important as his invention of the solid-body electric guitar. A key pioneer in electric guitar sounds, he made technological innovations in the development of multitrack recording, guitar effects and the mechanics of sound in general. With multitrack recording, overdubbing and electronic reverb, among other inventions, the sound of popular music was forever changed and the recording process was revolutionized. Paul died of pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 40622216
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Les Paul (9 Jun 1915–12 Aug 2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. 40622216, citing Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .