Posts Tagged ‘Les Paul’

Bar-B-Q stand that led to the electric guitar

Many Les Paul fans know Beekman’s Bar-B-Q as the place where Les first added electricity to his guitar. In his later years Les kept looking for Beekman’s or at least a photo of Beekman’s. He saw one building that some claimed had been Beekman’s, but Les said it didn’t look anything like he remembered and Les’ memory exceeded most anyone around him. Read the rest of this entry »

Les Paul in World War II

In 1943, while living in Hollywood, Les Paul was drafted into the army. Meredith Wilson, whom Les knew, was in charge of the Armed Forces Radio Service. Wilson recruited Les to work for him at this new venture, which was designed to bring a touch of home to the troops serving all over the world.  Read the rest of this entry »

How Les met Mary

It was the mid-1940s. Les was living in California, playing with his trio. He had just agreed to recreate the country act he had used in St. Louis and Chicago. His trio was set. Les had all the songs, but he wanted a female singer for his show. Just as Les was pondering all of this, he ran into Read the rest of this entry »

Foundation Sponsors Les Paul Launchpad Award and Music Biz Event

The Wisconsin Center for Music Education held its 8th annual Launchpad Competition for garage bands from across the state of Wisconsin.

The winning band of the 2012 final competition is The Daze from Madison West High School. Read the rest of this entry »

4 or 5 Guthries and a Big Guitar

Artists around Les Paul’s hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin are spreading creativity, paint and plenty of other artistic elements.

When the challenge was posted to submit designs for decorating a Gibson 10-foot guitar Read the rest of this entry »