Les Paul

Les Paul (HM16OB)

Location: Waukesha, WI 53186 Waukesha County
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N 43° 0.524', W 88° 14.005'

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Lester William Polfuss was born in Waukesha, WI on June 9, 1915, and lived in the 300 block of W. St. Paul Ave.

He was a world-class innovative guitarist and inventor who perfected the first solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, echo, tape delay and phase shifting. His work on amplification and recording paved the way for modern techniques. The "Gibson Les Paul" is still used by many rock guitarists and blues musicians for its deep resonance and tone. In 1949, Les married Mary Ford and that same year, they debuted together at the Polfuss family tavern, "400 Club" located on historic Williams Street. Les's musical accomplishments included stage, radio, recordings (39 gold), movies, television and night clubs.

In 1977, he and Chet Atkins received a "Grammy" for the best Country Instrumental Performance. That same year he and Mary Ford received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other recognitions include the Rock & Roll "Hall of Fame", the Hollywood "Walk of Fame Star", induction in the "Hall of Fame" for the Wis. Area Music & Industry and Waukesha Conty Arts & Alliance. The Les Paul Parkway around the city of Waukesha and this Performance Center are also named after him.

Known as "The Wizard of Waukesha", Les Paul passed away on August 12, 2009 and is buried at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.
HM NumberHM16OB
Marker Number34-18
Year Placed2010
Placed ByWaukesha County Historical Society, funded by Ralph North and Family
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Date Added Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 7:10pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 399479 N 4762522
Decimal Degrees43.00873333, -88.23341667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 0.524', W 88° 14.005'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 0' 31.44" N, 88° 14' 0.30" W
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Area Code(s)262, 414
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 515 Maple Ave, Waukesha WI 53186, US
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