Google celebrates Les Paul’s birthday
A June 9, but 19,015 was born in Wisconsin, United States, Les Paul, a renowned jazz guitarist who became a figure in the development of electric musical instruments and recording techniques. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Waukesha”, pioneered the development of solid-body guitars with the design of Gibson Les Paul models and the multi-track recordings.
William Lester Polsfuss, better known as Les Paul, became interested in music when he was 8 years old at which he began playing the harmonica. After trying with the banjo, he began picking up a guitar. At just 13, he was semi-professionally as a guitarist in country music, and at 17 he played with Rube Tronson’s Cowboys. Later he left high school to join Wolverton’s Radio Band.
In the 30’s, Les Paul worked at a radio station in Chicago, where he played jazz. His first two records came in 1936, one credited to Rhubarb Red and the other as a companion to the music of George White.
In 1948, the musician had an automobile accident, affecting its right arm and elbow. As the doctors said that his arm would remain in the position that doctors let him, he asked the surgeons who left him so he could continue playing guitar.
In addition to their recordings, Les Paul left a great legacy for future generations. Unsatisfied with the guitars that were sold in the mid 1930’s, experienced for itself with its own designs, giving birth to his famous “The Log”, which was a solid block of 4 “by 4” pine, with a bridge, two pickups and a Gibson neck. To improve the appearance, the musician added the body of an Epiphone. This enabled him to solve two problems, the coupling or feedback and duration.
Capitol Records released a recording in 1947 began as an experiment in the garage of Les Paul, which was titled “Lower (When you’re near me)”, which I had played eight different electric guitar sheet music. It was the first time conducted a multiple recordings, but these were not recorded to tape magnetized disks but with pasta. The Wizard of Waukesha held multi-track recording with overlapping tracks in layers, and not in parallel tracks as it did later.
Les Paul died on August 13, 2009 at White Plains Hospital in New York due to complications with pneumonia.
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