Les Paul

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Legal name: Lester William Polfus (legal name of Les Paul)

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Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – 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. 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.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed. Les Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 Masters of the Guitar: Together Chet Atkins & Les Paul 1
1997 Chester & Lester / Guitar Monsters Chet Atkins & Les Paul 1
2005 Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played Les Paul 1
2007 Chester & Lester Chet Atkins & Les Paul 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 The Complete Decca Trios-Plus (1936-47) Compilation Les Paul 1
2001 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Les Paul Compilation Les Paul 1
2005 Isle of Golden Dreams, Volume 1 Compilation Les Paul 1
2005 Isle of Golden Dreams, Volume 2 Compilation Les Paul 1
2005 Isle of Golden Dreams, Volume 3 Compilation Les Paul 1
2005 Isle of Golden Dreams, Volume 4 Compilation Les Paul 1
2008 Vaya Con Dios Compilation Les Paul 1
Dream Dust Compilation Les Paul 1
How High the Moon Compilation Les Paul 1
The Legend and the Legacy Compilation Les Paul 1

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