He would eventually move to Chicago in 1934 where he continued to perform on the radio and continued to play with bands. He still was not happy with the sound of his acoustic guitar. During that time, he played with Chet Atkin's brother. He moved to New York and continued to experiment with sounds and was nearly electrocuted. He then moved to Hollywood. He entered the US Army at the beginning of World War II having served in the Armed Forces network. He supported himself
by backing such artists as Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, and others.
1940 that combined pine wood with strings and it would go down in history as the first solid body electric guitar. At first the Gibson Guitar Company was not interested in it but soon realized it's importance. Paul was not impressed with Gibson's first version of the guitar but eventually Gibson manufactured the "Gibson SG" that stood for solid guitar.
Les Paul is recognized as the "Father of the Modern Guitar" but is also credited with a number of other inventions including other recording devices that are still used today. These include "tap delay" and "multitrack recording."
His inventions earned him one of a handful of artists with a permanent stand alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Just as importantly, he is recognized as an outstanding musician having recorded some major hits including "How High the Moon" "Bye Bye Blues" and "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" with Mary Ford. He also hosted a radio program called "The Les Paul Show" He continued to perform into the early 90's.
The Rock and Roll legend died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 94. Time Magazine named Les Paul one of the ten best electric guitar players of all time and Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
|Les Paul's funeral program|
|Les Paul memorial card|