Les Paul -Jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor; born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
His family was of German ancestry and Paul's mother was related to the founders of Milwaukee's Valentin Blatz Brewing Company and the makers
of the Stutz Bearcat automobile. Paul was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible".
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Above: Les Paul with Mary Ford in 1954.
Above: 2005 Gibson '58 Reissue Les Paul.
Above: Les Paul playing Caravan in 1991.