Wikipedia : This day (August 13, 2009), in White Plains, New York, died Lester William Polsfuss a.k.a Les Paul, an American guitarist, songwriter and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar.
Les Paul : Les learned from everything around him. His boyhood home was across the street from railroad tracks. He puzzled why trains vibrated the windows. Why did the train sound differently as it progressed? He mused over tone change when he slowed his mother’s phonograph.
@rockhall : As he told writer Jim O’Donnell, “What I wanted to do is not have two things vibrating. I wanted the string to vibrate and nothing else. I wanted the guitar to sustain longer than an acoustical box and have different sounds than an acoustical box.”
@last.fm : In 1941, Paul designed and built one of the first solid-body electric guitars (though Leo Fender also independently invented his own solid-body electric guitar around the same time, and Adolph Rickenbacker had marketed a solid-body guitar in the 30s). Gibson Guitar Corporation designed a guitar incorporating Paul’s suggestions in the early fifties, and presented it to him to try.
Video : Live In New York (2003) . Live in New York City (1999) . w/ Steve Vai – Summertime (1998) . How High The Moon (1991) . Documentary . Somewhere Over The Rainbow (1985) . Dark Eyes . Live Medley (1954) .