I always believed my Dad loved being an entertainer more than anything else.  He loved playing his guitar and telling his stories and watching his audience join in for over 80 years.

"The search for a hit record is the search for ‘a sound,’ that unique combination of an artist’s individuality, imaginative musical arrangement, and skillful engineering ....  no one has been as successful in creating hits as Les Paul.  No one has been as successful in achieving that unique combination."

Amplifying a guitar was a novel idea back in the 1920s.  There were many technical challenges to overcome with few modern resources available.  But as usual, dad's need to accomplish his goal of his guitar being heard led him to use the resources at his disposal or make them.

“The 8-track [concept] came along in 1953,” Paul recalls. LP: “While filming our Listerine  show, I was taking a rest and looking up at the sky. My manager asked what I was dreaming about. I said that recording using sound-on-sound was crazy.

The Podcasts

Time Line

1915 → 2018

This guitar was the culmination of his dream, 30 years of unsung hard work, tireless, imaginative spirit, and dogged belief in his ideas. This amazing guitar is the first Gibson Les Paul Gold Top solid body electric guitar that Les Paul formally APPROVED, his # 1.

Gene & Tom Doyle talk about repairing and maintaining Les' unique one of a kind guitar collection and more.

Radio interview with Jim Lowe & Les

They talk about W.C. Fields, Judy Garland, and how the recording of “In The Good Old Summertime” came about and, as usual, much, much more.

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE WIZARD OF WAUKESHA

Les' mother, Evelyn, was the first and greatest influence on Les' career. She often sang songs as she cleaned. Three-year-old Lester quickly learned the songs' words and melodies, and Evelyn believed he was a music prodigy.

2. Les Paul And His Trio (1934 - 1946)

5. All-Star Guitar Jam

1988

1. Red Hot Red & Rhubarb Red (1922 - 1934)

The Entertainer

3. Les Paul & Mary Ford (1946 - 1963)

4. Les' Monday Nite Show (1984 - 2009)

There would always be a little of the professor in Dad that would come out when he explained his New Sound recording process.


Django Reinhardt was the second greatest influence on Les' career.  Dad and Django met only four times, but each time lasted days and weeks and led to a very special bond.  Dad said he was a very sweet man who loved to laugh, much like my Dad.

The Holy Grail Of Guitars!

From Les And His Era

To The Guitar Wizards Of Today

Read About Who Is Using The Instrument

That Blends The Generations Together

And Keeps The Legend Alive

THE CHESTER

&

LESTER STORY

Two Guys With Nothing To Do

Les recalls how Chet coaxed him out of retirement for this recording.

LES PAUL

IN HIS OWN WORDS

A lavishly illustrated hardcover coffee table book!


Click here for A LITTLE OF GENE'S CAREER

His injuries nearly ended his career and put him flat on his back in a Hospital for almost a year.

Entertainer Hurt In Car Accident
Les Paul
Doing Fine But Fear Arm Injury May Hinder

"The important thing is not to stop questioning.


Curiosity has its own reason for existing."


Albert Einstein

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* Les discusses his friendship with speaker innovator James Lansing.

* Les and Peter Freedman discuss microphones.

* Les's chat with Benny Goodman on Musicians vs Audio Engineers.

* Les and Bing Crosby & the first Tape Recorder in America.

* An incredible walk-through of the Gibson USA facility.

* Les tells the story of his 'Monster' & the famous Fairchild compressor.