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Polsfuss, Lester William (Les Paul)

Born: 1915 AD
Died: 2009 AD

An American jazz and country guitarist and inventor. He is credited with having invented the 8-track tape recorder together with the techniques of ‘over dubbing’ and ‘multi-tracking’. His designs were taken up by the Gibson guitar comapny and the Gibson ‘Les Paul’ is recognised as one of the great guitar designs. It has since become a firm favorite of rock band musicians, and originals are highly prized possessions.


1915 – Born on June 9th in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


1930 – He worked as a country and jazz musician, performing with his own Les Paul Trio.


1940 – Performed with singers such as Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.


1941 – He designed a solid-body electric guitar. The first "electric guitar" he made was a 4" x 4" chunk of pine with strings and a microphone pick-up attached. He called it "The Log".


1949 – Built the first eight-track tape recorder, used in making many hit records with his wife, Mary Ford.


1950 – Pioneered the development of multitrack recording and is credited with having invented the first eight-track tape recorder and the technique of overdubbing.


1952 – The Les Paul Standard, was ready for production by the Gibson Guitar Company


1953 – 1960 – Hosted a successful TV show, The ‘Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home’ Show.


1988 – He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


2001 – Was given a Grammy for technical achievements.