Les Paul

© Photographed March 2, 2015
Erected 2010 by Waukesha County Historical Society
Funded by Ralph North and Family
Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Lester William Polfuss was born in Waukesha, WI on June 9, 1915, and lived in the 300 block of W. St. Paul Ave.

He was a world-class innovative guitarist and inventor who perfected the first solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, echo, tape delay and phase shifting. His work on amplification and recording paved the way for modern techniques. The “Gibson Les Paul” is still used by many rock guitarists and blues musicians for its deep resonance and tone. In 1949, Les married Mary Ford and that same year, they debuted together at the Polfuss family tavern, “400 Club” located on historic Williams Street. Les's musical accomplishments included stage, radio, recordings (39 gold), movies, television and night clubs.

In 1977, he and Chet Atkins received a “Grammy” for the best Country Instrumental Performance. That same year he and Mary Ford received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other recognitions include the Rock & Roll “Hall of Fame”, the Hollywood “Walk of Fame Star”, induction in the “Hall of Fame” for the Wis. Area Music & Industry and Waukesha County Arts & Alliance. The Les Paul Parkway around the city of Waukesha and this Performance Center are also named after him.

Known as "The Wizard of Waukesha", Les Paul passed away on August 12, 2009, and is buried at Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.
The marker is located at Cutler Park, adjacent to the Les Paul Performance Center on northbound Maple Avenue, between Carroll Street (to the south) and Wisconsin Avenue (to the north), near 515 Maple Avenue, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186.

NOTE: Access the marker by parking on southbound Maple Avenue. The Performance Center dome is visible from the street.

This marker is No. 34-18 in a series of historical markers erected by the Waukesha County Historical Society.

These markers / memorials are located at Culter Park:

The marker is to the left of the stage.

Photo of Les Paul and Mary Ford from a January 1954 TV Guide.
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Amazing guitar playing!!!
And be sure to stay turned for the Listerine commercial
on what it take to "thaw out a husband" LOL!!!!! :)

The Prehistoric Indian Mound marker (visible in the distance)
is next to the Les Paul Performance Center.

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