Les Paul was an accomplished guitarist, but his technical innovations made modern music possible.
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Google has replaced its homepage logo today with an interactive doodle commemorating the birthday of Les Paul, the father of the solid-body electric guitar. Paul's inventions shaped the sound of rock and roll.
In his long career, Paul played alongside some of the greatest jazz and pop artists in America, including Chet Atkins, Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters and Nat King Cole. By the 1950s, he was one of the greatest jazz guitarists of his generation. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.