Les Paul

1915 - 2009

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Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, and his prototype, called the Log, served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul. Paul taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Les Paul has received more than 2,131,925 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Les Paul is the 61st most popular inventor (down from 58th in 2019), the 583rd most popular biography from United States (down from 532nd in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Inventor.

Les Paul is most famous for inventing the solid-body electric guitar.

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Among inventors, Les Paul ranks 61 out of 355Before him are Henry Fox Talbot, Adam Opel, Louis Blériot, Hans Lippershey, Frank Whittle, and Josephine Cochrane. After him are Étienne Lenoir, Oleg Antonov, John Deere, George Eastman, Louis Renault, and John Browning.

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Among people born in 1915, Les Paul ranks 23Before him are Paul Tibbets, Joachim Peiper, Saul Bellow, Billie Holiday, Hu Yaobang, and Fred Hoyle. After him are Stanley Matthews, Curd Jürgens, Aung San, Charles H. Townes, Robert A. Dahl, and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Among people deceased in 2009, Les Paul ranks 15Before him are Aage Bohr, Millvina Dean, Maurice Jarre, Farrah Fawcett, Ted Kennedy, and Corazon Aquino. After him are Robert McNamara, Mercedes Sosa, Vivian Maier, Maurice Druon, Ralf Dahrendorf, and Omar Bongo.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Les Paul ranks 583 out of 15,968Before him are Martha Graham (1894), Nancy Sinatra (1940), Bing Crosby (1903), Ruth Benedict (1887), Albert Ellis (1913), and Percy Williams Bridgman (1882). After him are George R. R. Martin (1948), John Stith Pemberton (1831), Bradley Cooper (1975), Reese Witherspoon (1976), Mia Farrow (1945), and Carl Barks (1901).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Les Paul ranks 16Before him are Isaac Singer (1811), Charles Goodyear (1800), Willis Carrier (1876), Douglas Engelbart (1925), Steve Wozniak (1950), and Josephine Cochrane (1839). After him are John Deere (1804), George Eastman (1854), John Browning (1855), Ray Tomlinson (1941), Percy Spencer (1894), and Leo Fender (1909).