LesPaul (born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915) is an American
guitar player and inventor.
Music as we know it would literally not be possible without the recording
processes he pioneered and
the solid-body electric
guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible."
His virtuosic playing, and the mythical Gibson electric guitar that bears
his name, inspired the legends of the rock & roll revolution.
His many recording innovations include overdubbing, delay effects such
as "sound on sound" and tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording.
After dozens of hit albums, musical milestones, four children and a divorce
in 1963 from Ford, Paul
went into semi-retirement in 1964 but returned to the scene several times
in later years for recordings with Chet Atkins in 1976 and the Guitar
Monsters in 1978, followed by regular trio performances in New York City
from 1984 to 1996. He has been honored with a number of awards for his
achievements including his 1978 induction, with Ford, into the Grammy Hall
of Fame, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and
induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005. He was also
awarded the John Smithson Bicentennial Medal from the Smithsonian
Institution in 1996. As of this writing (Dec 2005),
lives in New Jersey and released an album in the fall of this year,
at the age of 90.
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