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Les Paul
NYP2001081407 - 14 AUGUST 2001 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: 86 year old legendary guitarist Les Paul tunes his guitar before performing at the Iridium Club in New York City, August 13, 2001 where Paul celebrated the 50th anniversary of his creation of the renown Gibson guitar. Paul is considered one of the foremost leading innovator in guitar and electronic design. mk/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)—known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible". 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 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" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed.

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