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An acclaimed series of biographies of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and Hollywood stars. Profiles of Alexander Calder, Paul Simon, Charlie Chaplin and music producer John Hammond won Peabody Awards, while films about Edward R. Murrow, Lucille Bal (more…)

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Season 21, Episode 2 Les Paul: Chasing Sound

First Aired: July 11, 2007

A profile of Les Paul, who developed the solid-body electric guitar and helped pioneer multitracking. Born in 1915, Paul went on to jam with jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Art Tatum; back Bing Crosby; and (with wife Mary Ford) sell millions of records in the 1950s. Included: performance footage; and comments from Les Paul, Jeff Beck, Tony Bennett, Ahmet Ertegun, B.B. King, Steve Miller and Bonnie Raitt.