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Guitar legend Les Paul turns 88

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- Guitar legend Les Paul will celebrate his 88th birthday Monday night at his long-time Big Apple musical home, the Iridium jazz club.

Guitarists Al DiMeola, Russell Malone, Pat Martino, Bucky Pizzarelli and Jon Paris are expected to be among the special guests.

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Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received multiple Grammy Awards, pioneered the modern electric guitar and invented numerous recording techniques. He and his late wife, Mary Ford, were a top popular music duo in the 1950s.

He has influenced countless musicians and guitarists. Paul's regular Monday night appearances at Iridium since April 1995 have attract devoted fans from all over the world. Musicians including Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Tony Bennett, Steve Miller, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck and Slash have stopped by - and often sat in -- to pay homage.

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