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Les Paul - Trivia, Discography


Musician, and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar, born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. Well known as a jazz guitarist, he took his design to the Gibson Guitar Company in 1947. The ‘Gibson Les Paul’ became a firm favourite of rock band musicians, and originals are highly prized possessions. He pioneered over-dubbing, multi-tracking (as on Lover, 1948), and built the first eight-track tape recorder, used in making many hit records with his wife, Mary Ford (1928–77), in the 1950s, including Vaya con Dios (1953, number 1 for 11 weeks).

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