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American Music Masters 20081/17

Les Paul - 2008

Extraordinary musician and inventor Les Paul is the honoree for the 13th Annual American Music Masters® series. Les Paul performed with the “Les Paul Trio” during the tribute concert. As a player, inventor and recording artist, Les Paul has been an innovator from the early years of his life. Born Lester William Polfus in 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the first instrument he learned to play was actually the harmonica at age eight. After brief experimentation with the piano, Paul picked up the guitar, not knowing he would one day shape the sound of songs composed by countless musicians around the world. Because of his pioneering work, Paul is often called the “Father of the Electric Guitar.” The Les Paul guitar has become a staple instrument among discerning rock guitarists. This list of musicians associated with the Gibson Les Paul includes Duane Allman, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and Jimmy Page. Tribute Concert Performers: Les Paul, James Burton, Duane Eddy, Billy Gibbons, The Ventures, Jennifer Batten, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Eric Carmen, Dennis Coffey, Lenny Kaye, Steve Lukather, Barbara Lynn, Lonnie Mack, Katy Moffat, Alannah Myles, Richie Sambora and Slash