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Who could imagine that an 81-year-old man could have changed rock music when he was younger Well its true and Les Paul did it This musician and inventor has sold hundreds of thousands if not millions of albums He has also created something that has changed rock and pop history the solid-body electric guitar Music and inventing all started before he became famous when Les Paul was very young Les Paul was born on June 9 1915 in Wankesha Wisconsin At a very young age Paul developed a big interest in music and electronics His first electronic construction was a crystal radio set On that radio Les Paul listened to his favorites like Carson Robinson Gene Autry and Nick Lucas These musicians inspired Paul to play music himself Paul began to play music a very young age On his mothers player piano he learned notes He then started to play the harmonica and banjo It wasnt until then that Paul had an interest in the guitar His first was a Sears Roebuck mail-order guitar Les became attached to his guitar and started to develop talent As Les got older he started to sing and play his guitar at local road-houses and drive-ins To make himself more audible to the cars at drive-ins Les Paul made his first attempt at guitar amplification He amplified the sound of his Sears Roebuck with a phonograph needle wired to a radio speaker Around the same time Paul improvised his first crude recording machine As Les became more popular he started to travel to places out of his local area Less traveling leads him to get a job at a Chicago radio station While working at the station Les practiced his music on the side From 1932 to 1937 Paul stayed at the station He then took a four-year break to return in 1941 He only stayed one more year In 1941 Gibson Guitar Company allowed Les to
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