Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades. Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Les Paul. Amy Sussman/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

toggle caption Amy Sussman/Getty Images Entertainment

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Les Paul On Piano Jazz

The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz in 1999, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.

Listen Loading… 57:52
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/111865107/328131469" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Charlie Christian was a forerunner in establishing the musical language of bebop. Greg Murray hide caption

toggle caption Greg Murray

Jeff Beck performs at Les Paul's 95th-birthday party at Iridium Jazz Club on June 9, 2010, in New York City.

Larry Busacca/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Larry Busacca/Getty Images

World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: Guitar Greats

XPN

World Cafe celebrates some legendary guitar innovators by sharing past interviews with Les Paul, Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck.

Listen Loading… 48:57
  • Playlist
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/141050801/141053978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Les Paul performs live at the Winter Garden on May 27, 1992. David Corio/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption David Corio/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from