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, and his techniques served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul. Paul taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music. 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, the singer and guitarist 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" 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.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 9, 1915 (Waukesha), Died August 13, 2009 (White Plains)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1953
Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist, harmonica, composer
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Recordings (Results 26-44 of 44 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||L 4076||1/22/1946||To you sweetheart, Aloha||Les Paul and his Trio||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4143||3/29/1946||Sweet Hawaiian moonlight||Les Paul and his Trio||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4144||3/29/1946||Aloha Oe||Les Paul and his Trio||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4183||5/15/1946||Pretending||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4184||5/15/1946||Gotta get somebody to love||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4193||5/22/1946||A one-sided affair||Delta Rhythm Boys||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4194||10-in.||5/22/1946||What would it take?||Delta Rhythm Boys||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4239||7/22/1946||Rumors are flying||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4240||7/22/1946||It's a pity to say goodnight||The Andrews Sisters||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4355||2/13/1947||Gotta get me somebody to love||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4356||2/13/1947||What am I gonna do about you?||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4357||2/13/1947||Drafting and dreaming||Bing Crosby||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4470||6/18/1947||My future just passed||Dick Haymes||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4471||6/18/1947||What are you doing New Year's Eve||Dick Haymes||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4476||6/25/1947||What are you doing New Year's Eve?||Dick Haymes||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 4477||6/25/1947||My future just passed||Dick Haymes||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 5077||6/30/1949||Counterfeit love||Foster Carling ; Evelyn Knight||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Decca||L 5078||6/30/1949||Play that barber-shop chord||Foster Carling ; Evelyn Knight||instrumentalist, guitar|
|Columbia (U.K.)||CL9619||10-in.||12/24/1953||Johnny, tu n'es pas un ange||Robert Chauvigny ; Edith Piaf||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Paul, Les," accessed February 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207737.
Paul, Les. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207737.
"Paul, Les." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 February 2023.
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