Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss) was an American Jazz and Country Guitarist who pioneered in the development of solid-body electric guitar which made the sound rock and roll possible. Les Paul was also a songwriter and became inventor with his new innovative ideas in musical instruments field. Born on 9 June, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Les Paul developed an interest in music at the age of eight. He started playing harmonica earlier followed by banjo and finally moved his interest to love of his life – the guitar.
Les Paul has formed his own Les Paul Trio with Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters in the 1930s. In 1940s he had performed long with the Trio.
Les Paul designed a solid body electric guitar in 1941 which finally went on sale by the Gibson Guitar Company in 1952. He also developed overdubbing techniques, multi-track recording, and eight-track tape recorder. Les Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Les Paul continued to perform live into his 90s. He won two Grammys at the age of 90 (2006).
Les Paul died on 12 August 2009 at the age of 94 years.