Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss June 9, 1915) was an American jazz guitarist and inventor died August 9, 2009 at age 94. Paul, who died in White Plains, N.Y., of complications from pneumonia, invented the solid body guitar, which became the standard instrument for legends like Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page. He also developed a technology that would become hallmarks of rock and pop recordings, from multitrack recording that allowed for layers and layers of "overdubs" to guitar reverb and other sound effects. In 2003, he was named the 46th best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone although many seasoned rock artists feel he should have been rated much higher because of his longevity and guitar achievements and innovations.
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