'Les Paul' 09.06.1915
Say the name 'Les Paul' to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar.
But the musician and inventor, who was born 101 years ago, was also an accomplished guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.
Watch Les Paul jamming with Jeff Beck
Born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha on June 9 1915, the Wisconsin-born country, jazz, blues, and (above all) rock icon also pioneered overdubbing, tape delay, multi-track recording and other essential components of all music that followed in his wake. Plus, beginning in 1952, Paul partnered with instrument-maker Gibson to bestow upon the universe the Gibson Les Paul guitar. Nothing on Earth would ever sound the same.
The list of musicians who have played a Les Paul at some point in their careers is long and varied and includes such stellar names as Slash, Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley, Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Pete Townshend, Paul Kossoff, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Bob Marley, Billy Joe Armstrong, Steve Jones, Joe Bonamassa, Angus Young, Frank Zappa, George Harrison, Tony Iommi, Robbie Krieger, Snowy White, Carlos Santana, Joe Walsh, Mick Jones, Steve Clark, Jeff Beck, Billy Gibbons, Neil Schon, Peter Frampton, David Gilmour, Don Felder, Marc Bolan, Jeff Lynne, Mark Knopfler.
Watch Slash on the Gibson 'Slash Appetite For Destruction Les Paul'
Gibson proclamed 2013 to be the 'YEAR OF LES PAUL'.
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'.