While growing up with my Dad, I realized the dedication and effort he put into his first love, playing guitar and entertaining his audiences.  He always had a guitar in his hands; if he could have taken it into the bathroom, I'm pretty sure he would have.  I confirmed this later when I had the honor of playing drums in the stage show with Dad and Mary and observed how much he enjoyed being there and performing every night.

Don't get me wrong; he also loved the excitement and challenge of making it all happen.  Many of the tools he needed to achieve his goals were unavailable then, so he had to build them.  He even wanted to hear himself as the audience heard him, so he built a recording lathe at the age of twelve.  He spent the next 65 years of his life chasing his guitar sound.  His desire to stand out in his recordings and live performances led him to look for what he called his "one-of-a-kind new sound."  That's where the guitarist, producer, engineer, inventor, and fierce determination came out in him in so many ways.  Dad would tell me, "You have to wanna want, real bad, to get there."

When I was older, I discovered Dad's early jazz trio recordings.  I had no idea that this fantastic artistic side of his career existed.  Dad never played these recordings in the house.  I never could figure out why,  but if I had to guess, I think he was always looking forward to the next adventure.

I'm including videos of Dad telling his stories as only he could, along with some of my fondest memories.  I hope this website transports you into his world and explains the why and how of the man.  

Like his early recordings, Dad never talked about his many awards; in fact, he kept them out of the way in his office and didn't display them.  But I can.  I'm very proud of his accomplishments and want to shine a light on this remarkable man and his extraordinary life.  Dad invited me into his special world, and hopefully, if I did this tribute website right, you'll come away seeing the man the way I do.

Les Paul through the ages

Picture by Chris Lentz

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Music Industry Executive Phil Quartararo:

"The players, the great musicians, the people we revere in our industry...they know every time they pick up an electric guitar why we have the electric guitar, they know every time they sit down in a studio at a mixing board or use a multi-track recorder, why it exists.  I can assure you that the people in this industry don't go through a day in their life in this business without being touched by something Les Paul did, said, played or invented."    

Thank you Mr. Quartararo,  I couldn't agree more.

Gene Paul

Les Paul & Gene Paul at the home studio

Les and Gene in the Mahwah home studio control room in the early 1960s.

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Inventor honors:

Inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.

GRAMMY for Technical Achievement.

EMMY Lifetime Achievement Award for Engineering.

Induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Hi, I'm Gene Paul. Growing up as Les' son, I watched or read the many videos or articles about Dad and realized that each one captured only a small part of the man and his story.  Over the years, I became convinced that there needed to be one place in which the history of his extraordinary life could be told. "Les Paul Remembered" is that place.  Remembering the stories and experiences I had with Dad, both at home in his studio and performing with him on the road, has led me to put together this tribute website.  It is a labor of love and respect and a work in progress.

Welcome to Les Paul Remembered... a website to honor my father.


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Les Paul  playing his custom Gibson guitar at the Iridium Jazz Club

Welcome to Les Paul Remembered. A website to honor my father:

Lester Polsfuss

aka Red Hot Red

aka Rhubarb Red

aka Les Paul,

I knew him just as Dad.

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Entertainer honors:

36 Gold records and 18 Top-Ten Hits.

Hollywood Walk of Fame star for "Les & Mary."

GRAMMY for Best Pop instrumental "Caravan."

GRAMMY for "How High the Moon."

GRAMMY Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Induction into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame being named

one of the ten best electric guitar players of all time by TIME Magazine.

GRAMMY Award for Best Country Instrumental "Chester & Lester."

The National Broadcasters Hall of Fame