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Today is Friday, June 9, the 160th day of 2006 with 205 to follow.
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Les Paul out of hospital, 'feeling better'

MAHWAH, N.J., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Rock and Rock Hall of Famer Les Paul has been released from the hospital and is back at his Mahwah, N.J., home, it was reported Tuesday.

Les Paul still going strong at 90

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- At 90, guitar legend and innovator Les Paul is still going strong and says there are some simple secrets to his durability.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2005 with 148 to follow.
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John Mellencamp ready to honor mentor

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- John Mellencamp has been chosen to induct former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty into the U.S. Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Another honor for Smokey Robinson

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- Smokey Robinson's second honor from the Songwriters Hall of Fame means a lot to the Motown legend.

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Today is Thursday, June 9, the 160th day of 2005 with 205 to follow.
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Feature: Story time with Robert Earl Keen

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen knows several of his songs would make pretty good movies -- he can tell by the stack of screenplays people have sent him based on his work -- but he's waiting for somebody to "slam some cash on the table" before he'll si
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Les Paul to receive Sammy Cahn Award

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- Guitar legend Les Paul will receive the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriters Hall of Fame head Hal David said in New York Thursday.

US builds ties with Romania through jazz

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Of the many things for which president George W. Bush has become famous -- his penchant for cowboy hats, his love of Texas, his plainspoken style -- an apprecia

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Aug. 5, the 218th day of 2004 with 148 to follow.
By United Press International

Emmys will honor Les Paul

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that legendary guitarist and recording pioneer Les Paul will be honored at the upcoming Emmy Awards.

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Today is Wednesday, June 9, the 161st day of 2004 with 205 to follow.
By United Press International

Gibson Guitars stays busy in the courts

NASHVILLE, June 7 (UPI) -- Nashville's Gibson Guitar, maker of the noted Les Paul guitar, is preparing for one of its more legally busy summers, the Tennessean said Monday.

Gibson Guitar wins Les Paul trademark case

NASHVILLE, March 12 (UPI) -- Gibson Guitar has won a U.S. trademark infringement case against manufacturer Paul Reed Smith for copying Gibson's Les Paul single cutaway model guitar.
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Les Paul
NYP2001081407 - 14 AUGUST 2001 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: 86 year old legendary guitarist Les Paul tunes his guitar before performing at the Iridium Club in New York City, August 13, 2001 where Paul celebrated the 50th anniversary of his creation of the renown Gibson guitar. Paul is considered one of the foremost leading innovator in guitar and electronic design. mk/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009)—known as Les Paul—was an American jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible". He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed.

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