Les Paul

A towering figure in the development of popular music, Les Paul was a musician and inventor who contributed greatly to the creation of the solid-body guitar, while also breaking new ground in sound recording through his ... Read more »
Born: 06/09/1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Music (12)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

("All Of Me") (Song Performer)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

("The Moon of Manakoora") (Song Performer)

The Blind Side 2009 (Movie)

("How High The Moon") (Song Performer)

Speed Racer 2008 (Movie)

("Bewitched") (Song Performer)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

("How High The Moon") (Song Performer)

Liberty Heights 1999 (Movie)

("I'm a Fool to Care") (Song Performer)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

("The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise") (Song Performer)

Naked Lunch 1991 (Movie)

("Vaya Con Dios") (Song Performer)

Great Balls of Fire 1989 (Movie)

("Lover") (Song Performer)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

("How High the Moon") (Song Performer)

Porky's 1981 (Movie)

("How High the Moon") (Song Performer)

Heart Beat 1979 (Movie)

("The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise") (Song Performer)
Actor (12)

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Dream Catcher 2000 (Movie)

Man in Pick-up Truck (Actor)

Nat King Cole: Loved in Return 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Invention 1990 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best of Cinemax Sessions 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Les Paul: He Changed the Music 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wizard of Waukesha 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sarge Goes to College (Movie)

(Actor)

Sensations of 1945 (Movie)

Themselves (Actor)

Biography

A towering figure in the development of popular music, Les Paul was a musician and inventor who contributed greatly to the creation of the solid-body guitar, while also breaking new ground in sound recording through his experiments with multiple tracks and other electronic effects. Most importantly, Paul was an astonishingly gifted jazz guitarist who enjoyed a lengthy string of pop hits in the early 1950s with upbeat singles like "How High the Moon," "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" and "Vaya Con Dios," which featured his wife, singer Mary Ford, singing all four parts in gorgeous harmony. Paul's work on the solid-body guitar gave the electric guitar a power and polish that would prove essential to the development of rock-n-roll, while his efforts with multi-track recorders allowed musicians to hear previously recorded tracks while recording overdubs. In doing so, Paul had immeasurable impact on the sound and scope of popular music, a status that earned him the respect of countless musicians but the highest tributes from the industry until his death in 2009.

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