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Les Paul’s 100th Birthday: Anniversary Celebration to Kick Off in Times Square

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June 9 is Les Paul Day

NEW YORK — A yearlong celebration marking guitarist Les Paul’s 100th birthday kicks off in Times Square next week.

Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, perform with their guitars. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, died, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 in White Plains, N.Y., according to Gibson Guitar. (AP Photo, file)

Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, perform with their guitars. Paul, 94, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, died, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 in White Plains, N.Y., according to Gibson Guitar. (AP Photo)

It’ll begin with Neal Schon of the rock band Journey accepting a proclamation from the Les Paul Foundation declaring June 9 as Les Paul Day.

Organizers say other cities around the country also will declare Les Paul Day proclamations that day.

A 53-foot-long interactive mobile exhibition called Les Paul’s Big Sound Experience will then open to the public — for one day only before going on a national tour….(read more)

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