Les Paul

American jazz guitarist, country guitarist, songwriter and inventor Les Paul

Lester William Polsfuss—known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was the inventor of the solid-body electric guitar which made the sound of rock and roll possible. He is credited with many recording innovations.
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; Gibson Guitar Maker Raided by Federal Agents
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Tracing what they say is an illegal shipment of Indian hardwood, federal agents raided offices and factories belonging to Gibson Guitar Corporation last week for the second time in two years, seizing documents, computer hard drives, pallets of wood, guitars and tools. Henry E. Juszkiewicz, Gibson's chief executive and part-owner, accused the
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CALENDAR; Events in New Jersey
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A guide to cultural and recreational events in New Jersey. Items for the calendar should be sent at least three weeks in advance to njtowns@nytimes.com . Comedy HASBROUCK HEIGHTS Bananas Comedy Club Dan Wilson. Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. and Aug. 20 at 8 and 10:30 p.m. $15. Rich Ramirez. Aug. 26 and 27. $15. Bananas Comedy Club, 283 Route 17 South. (201)
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Life in the Swarm
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DEVOTIONS By Bruce Smith 88 pp. The University of Chicago Press. Paper, $18. Bruce Smith's new poems move fast and travel far, from Newtonian physics to the ''fiery . . . riderless horse'' of Christian apocalypse, ''from the jet engine / as it gins the clouds'' to ''the hand-iron press and the sewing machine.'' Most of those poems, though, begin in
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Gibson Rocks NASCAR on Speed Television - Gibson
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Four winners get a Gibson Custom Les Paul designed by Sam Bass as their winner's circle trophy. Last weekend, Carl Edwards won the big race. Speed Television looked into how the Gibson trophies are made for the races and how much the racers appreciate
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Dillon closes out big weekend with strong finish - Nascar
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Austin Dillon was so fired up about winning a Sam Bass custom-painted Gibson Les Paul guitar Friday night that he came back in hot pursuit of another one Saturday. Dillon fell a little short in Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville
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NASCAR Nationwide Series: Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville - Race Results - Auto Racing Daily
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NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards added to his Les Paul Gibson guitar collection at Nashville Superspeedway, dominating the Nationwide Series Federated Auto Parts 300. The win was his sixth at Nashville, five of which have come in NASCAR's
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Hot Rod Inspires Les Paul Guitar - Cincinnati.com (blog)
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Hamilton businessman Scott Whitaker will be on “Hot Rod TV” Saturday (3 pm on Speed channel) in an episode all about Gibson Guitar's Gibson Custom shop in Nashville making a replica Les Paul guitar inspired by Whitaker's replica 1932 Ford coupe
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MUSIC REVIEW; The Truths That Only Repetition Reveals
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There was Mike Scheidt, the guitarist and singer from the doom-metal trio Yob, at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night. He was playing a pattern, long-form and superficially simple. Doom tends to stay slow and precise; he cycled a few chords, or sometimes only one, over and over. With some doom bands there can be a kind of numb glory in pure,
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Summer Jazzfest: The Les Paul Trio - Patch.com
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The Les Paul Trio plays the first night of Summer Jazzfest at the Two River Theater. By Steve Rogers | Email the author | July 10, 2011 "Somewhere There's Music" concert footage shot by Roberto Muolo. When Les Paul died in 2009 at the age of 94,
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Rare Gibson Les Paul Goldtop guitar up for auction - BBC News
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The Gibson Les Paul Goldtop is believed to have been used by rockabilly musician Carl Perkins when he recorded his hit Blue Suede Shoes. Jonathan Humbert, from JP Humbert Auctioneers, believes it could be worth up to £50000. He initially thought it was
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Mary Ford, the Voice Behind Les Paul - Legacy.com
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Mary Ford became famous for her groundbreaking duets with musician and inventor Les Paul. On what would have been her 87th birthday, we look back at her life and singing career. Born Iris Colleen Summers to a musical family headed by a Nazarene revival
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New Online Services Offer Hope to Music Fans
NYTimes - over 6 years
I’M ready for the cloud. Soon, I hope, it will be ready for me. Recent weeks have been filled with announcements about music taking residence in the cloud, the poetic name for online storage and software that promises to make lifetimes worth of songs available to anyone, anywhere, as long as those people and places have Internet connections.
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THE LES PAUL - Mission Valley News
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(Mission Valley News, San Diego, CA) – Guitarists like Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, and Slash have made names for themselves by playing the Les Paul guitar. This guitar which is known for it's rich tones and sustain, is almost twice as heavy as a regular
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Google's Les Paul Doodle Was A Productivity Killer - WebProNews
Google News - over 6 years
Too bad these folks didn't write for an Internet news company, because then, their time on the Les Paul Google Doodle could be viewed as research… What we have here is, apparently, the Google Doodle that celebrated guitar legend Les Paul's birthday ... - -
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Pete Townshend's Quadrophenia Les Paul Fetches A Big Price - antiMUSIC.com
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(Gibson) A Gibson Les Paul Deluxe Goldtop once owned by The Who's Pete Townshend has raised $50000 at a music auction in London. It was played by Townshend during the US leg of the band's Quadrophenia tour of 1973 and 1974. A circa 1972/73 Gibson Les
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Rusty Paul: The Les Paul Interview Part II - Guitar International
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In this Part II of our three-part interview with Rusty Paul, son of the legendary Les Paul, Rusty gives us a glimpse into Les Paul's relationships with some of the most beloved guitarists and musicians in the music world, including Jeff Beck,
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    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On August 21, 2009, he was buried near Milwaukee in Waukesha, Wisconsin at Prairie Home Cemetery.
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    On August 12, 2009, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.
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    In August 2009, Paul was named One of the Top Ten Best Electric Guitar Players of All Time by Time magazine.
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    In April 2009, Gerbren Deves did an extensive interview with him, which was published in the English Guitar Magazine just after his death.
  • 2008
    On November 15, 2008, he received the American Music Masters award through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a tribute concert at the State Theater in Cleveland, Ohio.
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    In June 2008, an exhibit showcasing his legacy and featuring items from his personal collection opened at Discovery World in Milwaukee.
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  • 2007
    A biographical, feature-length documentary titled Les Paul Chasing Sound made its world première on May 9, 2007, at the Downer Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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    In 2007, he received the National Medal of Arts from U.S. President George W. Bush.
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  • 2006
    Undaunted, he continued to perform through his disabilities while making some compromises such as playing at slower tempos and using an extra-large guitar pick that he could grip more easily. In 2006, at age 90, he won two Grammys at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards for his album Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played.
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  • 2005
    In July 2005, a 90th-birthday tribute concert was held at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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    In 2005, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his development of the solid-body electric guitar.
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    In 2005, Paul received two Grammy awards; one for Best Pop Instrumental for his recording of "Caravan" and one for Best Rock Instrumental for "69 Freedom Special."
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  • 2004
    In 2004, Paul received an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in Engineering.The Wisconsin Foundation for School Music bestowed its Lifetime Achievement in Music Education on Paul that same year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    In 1996, the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame inducted Paul.
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  • 1990
    In 1990, Paul was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame and the Jazz Hall of Fame.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    In 1988, Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Jeff Beck, who said, "I've copied more licks from Les Paul than I'd like to admit."
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  • 1985
    In 1985, Paul was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Wall.
  • 1983
    Paul received a Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements in 1983, and in 2001 Paul was honored with the Special Merit/Technical Grammy Award, which recognizes "individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio technology," a select award given to masters of audio innovation including Thomas Alva Edison, Leo Fender, and Beatles recording engineer Geoff Emerick.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    In 1979, Paul and Ford's 1951 recording of "How High the Moon" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  • 1976
    Les Paul has been acknowledged by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (aka The Recording Academy and NARAS) with various Grammy Awards. In 1976, Paul and Chet Atkins received a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental.
  • 1973
    The following Les Paul recordings with Mary Ford were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
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  • OTHER
  • 1966
    This, and a pending divorce from Mary Ford, led to Paul ending his endorsement and use of his name on Gibson guitars until 1966, by which time his divorce was completed.
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  • 1964
    Les Paul and Mary Ford were divorced in December 1964.
    He and Ford had divorced at the end of 1964 after she got tired of touring.
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  • 1960
    In 1960, Paul and wife Mary Ford received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1953
    Paul's guitar style was strongly influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, whom he greatly admired. Following World War II, Paul sought out and made friends with Reinhardt. After Reinhardt died in 1953, Paul partly paid for the cost of the funeral.
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  • 1952
    Paul was initiated into the Gamma Delta chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Miami in 1952.
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  • 1950
    Paul had hosted a 15-minute radio program, The Les Paul Show, on NBC Radio in 1950, featuring his trio (himself, Ford and rhythm player Eddie Stapleton) and his electronics, recorded from their home and with gentle humor between Paul and Ford bridging musical selections, some of which had already been successful on records, some of which anticipated the couple's recordings, and many of which presented re-interpretations of such jazz and pop selections as "In the Mood", "Little Rock Getaway", "Brazil", and "Tiger Rag".
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  • 1949
    Paul was the instructor of rock guitarist Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band, to whom Paul gave his first guitar lesson. Miller's parents were best man and matron of honor at Paul's 1949 wedding to Mary Ford.
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    In 1949, Les Paul was given one of the first Ampex Model 200A reel-to-reel audio tape recording decks by Crosby.
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  • 1948
    They began working together in 1948, during which time she adopted the stage name Mary Ford and married in 1949.
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    Paul A. Bigsby had built one for Merle Travis in 1948 and Leo Fender also independently created his own (the Fender "Esquire," a single pickup model) in 1948.
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    In January 1948, Paul shattered his right arm and elbow in a near-fatal automobile accident on an icy Route 66 just west of Davenport, Oklahoma.
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  • 1946
    Two Decca recordings from 1946 pairing Paul with The Andrews Sisters ("Rumors Are Flying" and "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight") exist today to affirm such comments.
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    Paul was particularly enamored by the famous Andrews Sisters, who hired The Les Paul Trio as their opening act while they toured in 1946.
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  • 1944
    As a last-minute replacement for Oscar Moore, Paul played with Nat King Cole and other artists in the inaugural Jazz at the Philharmonic concert in Los Angeles, California, on July 2, 1944.
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  • 1943
    He was drafted into the US Army in 1943, where he served in the Armed Forces Radio Network, backing such artists as Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, and performing in his own right.
  • 1941
    While experimenting in his apartment in 1941, Paul nearly succumbed to electrocution.
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  • 1938
    Paul married Virginia Webb in 1938.
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  • 1937
    Paul formed a trio in 1937 with singer/rhythm guitarist Jim Atkins (older half-brother of guitarist Chet Atkins) and bassist/percussionist Ernie "Darius" Newton.
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  • 1936
    His first two records were released in 1936, credited to "Rhubarb Red", Paul's hillbilly alter ego, He also served as an accompanist for a few other bands signed to Decca.
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  • 1934
    Paul moved to Chicago in 1934, where he continued to perform on radio stations WBBM and WLS.
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  • 1915
    Born on June 9, 1915.
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