Most people do well to excel at one thing. Les Paul excelled at many. He was not only one of the greatest guitarists in the world, but he was the Thomas Edison of the music industry, inventing multi-tracking technology, overdubbing, and the solid-body electric guitar. The music world as we know it today simply would not exist without Les Paul. He was one of the giants.
Here he is at 75, a mere slip of a youth: