Posted 12:56 pm, June 2, 2015, by AP Wire Service, Updated at 12:57pm, June 2, 2015
"NEW YORK — A year-long celebration marking guitarist Les Paul’s 100th birthday kicks off in Times Square next week.
"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.
"That evening, the Hard Rock Cafe New York will host performances by musicians including Joe Bonamassa and Steve Miller.
"A Les Paul memorabilia exhibition will run at the same venue through June 15.
Paul’s hit songs include 'How High the Moon.' He died in 2009."
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Les Paul was born and grew up in Waukesha. Essentially, he is the inventor of the electric guitar, along with a myriad of other electronic exotica and toys. Gibson's signature electric model is the "Les Paul" guitar. It's what B.B. King played for all those years.
Les also had a career with Mary Ford. The duo was responsible for the sale of thousands of records.