Les Paul

Les Paul was born Lester William Polsfuss on June 9th, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

At age 8 he became interested in music and began to play the harmonica. He later attempted the Banjo but settled on the guitar. This led him to invent the neck-worn harmonica holder so that he could play the harmonica and accompany himself on the guitar. His original design is still used to manufacture the device.

He was performing semi-professional by the age of 13 as a country music singer, guitarist and harmonica player. At seventeen he dropped out of high school to join Wolverton’s Radio Band in St. Louis, Missouri.

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