Les Paul Day

June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009


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Multi-instrumentalist and inventor Lester William Poisfuss “Les Paul” was born on June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Paul began playing the harmonica at age eight, and that year invented the neck-worn harmonica holder, which allowed him to play hands-free while also playing guitar.

As a teenager, Paul played country guitar and harmonica, and invented his first electric guitar.

After moving to New York City in 1938, Paul invented a solid-body guitar he called “the log.” Gibson Les Paul Guitar was modeled after this invention.

In the late 1940’s, Paul helped to invent multi-track recording, which allowed musicians to create sounds they never had been able to before.

Here’s a video of Paul playing with his wife Mary Ford and his multi-track recording machine.


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