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Les Paul

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  
(Results 26-44 of 44 records)

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/207737

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