Les Paul Memorial Event Planned This
Foundation announced yesterday: Les Paul’s family and friends will gather at
Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 10, 2011 to
dedicate his gravesite memorial.
The 10:30 a.m. event will provide a first
glimpse of the 500 square foot granite monument and a chance to hear Les Paul’s
family and close friends recount moments with the famous guitar player and
inventor. The event is open to the public.
After viewing several proposals, the Les
Paul Estate commissioned Rock of Ages of Barre, Vermont to design, build and
install the granite memorial. Ford Construction of Waukesha laid the foundation
and New Eden Landscape Architecture of Milwaukee designed the landscaping.
Visitors walk into the monument to read
about Les. Granite slabs containing Paul’s biography and a list of his most
significant awards encircle benches for visitors. Paul, who chose the hometown
location, directed that his mother be laid next to him. While choosing the site,
Les said he hoped the site would be a place where his family, friends and fans
could sit and reflect.
“The memorial shares Les’ legacy with all
who visit the site. We are very pleased with how everything looks. Les chose to
be in Waukesha. We know the people of his hometown will cherish this site as Les
Paul cherished his hometown,” said Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the
Les Paul Foundation.
Those unable to attend can watch a live
stream of the event here
About Les Paul: Lester William Polsfuss
was born in Waukesha on June 9, 1915 and died in White Plains, NY on August 12,
2009. His best-known stage name of Les Paul surfaced during his early jazz
performances in Chicago.
Paul credited his mother with constant
encouragement, his Waukesha teachers with a willingness to help find answers to
his relentless curiosity and the Waukesha community for its support in his
While in elementary school, Lester was
singing and playing his harmonica and guitar for local audiences. His extensive
performing career took him across North America, Europe and Asia. His insatiable
curiosity and quest for the perfect sound led to the development of the solid
body electric guitar,
multiple recording techniques and to the invention of the 8-track tape recorder.
In the 1950s, Les Paul and his wife Mary Ford became household names as a result
of their radio and television
Guitar players on all continents know his
name. It’s on the headstock of their guitars. Paul’s guitar-playing style is
studied and copied by countless players, those recognized and those who are
About the Les Paul Foundation: In 1995,
Les Paul established his foundation to encourage young musicians to pursue their
dreams. The foundation, designed to remain dormant until the legend’s passing,
funds programs such as The Wisconsin School Music Program and the Grammy
Camp. As the Les Paul Foundation grows, additional projects and partnerships are
developing. Extensive information on Les Paul and the foundation is available at