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June 9, 1915: Lester William Polsfuss a.k.a. Les Paul is born in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
1928: Les Paul begins performing country music as Rhubarb Red at the age of 13.
1939: Les Pauls jazz trio performs at the White House at the request of President Roosevelt.
1941: Les Paul invents the first solidbody electric guitar.
1946: Les Paul temporarily drops out of music to work on a new guitar sound and recording style.
1947: The technique of multitracking is introduced to the world when Les Paul releases his first eight-track recordings.
1948: Les Paul nearly dies when his car skids off a bridge in a snowstorm.
1949: Les Paul marries singer Mary Ford, with whom he forms a highly successful musical duo.
1950: The Les Paul Show, featuring Paul, Ford and rhythm guitarist Eddie Stapleton, debuts on NBC Radio.
1951: How High the Moon, by Les Paul and Mary Ford, becomes a #1 single.
1952: The Les Paul gold-top solidbody electric guitar is brought to the market by Gibson Guitars.
1953: Vaya Con Dios, by Les Paul and Mary Ford, becomes a #1 single. The songs title translates as May God Be With You.
1954: Les Paul commissions Ampex to build the first eight-track tape recorder. It features a head, designed by Paul, that can record or play back tracks. Pauls Sel-Sync (Selective Synchronization) design becomes the industry standard for 30 years.
1961: Gibson introduces the new Les Paul model, which has design changes made without Pauls knowledge. At his request, it is renamed the Gibson SG, and the guitarist temporarily drops his endorsement contract with the guitar maker.
1967: Les Paul Now!, which features updated version of the guitarists earlier hits, is released on London Records.
1976: Chester and Lester, and album of guitar duets by Les Paul and Chet Atkins, is released on RCA. It will win a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.
1978: Les Paul and Mary Ford are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
1983: Les Paul receives the Trustees Award from the Recording Academy in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of reocrding.
1984: Les Paul begins a Monday-evening residency at a Greenwich Village club called Fat Tuesday, which will continue until 1995.
January 20, 1988: Les Paul is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 3rd annual induction dinner. Jeff Beck is his presenter.
February 2005: Les Paul is inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
June 7, 2005: The Best of the Capitol Masters: 90th Birthday Edition, a remastered collection of Les Paul and Mary Fords classic Fifties recordings, is released.
May 9, 2007: A film documentary entitled Chasing Sound: Les Paul at 90 debuts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.