August 19, 2009 0:16

Public viewing of Les Paul set for Friday in Milwaukee

Guitar legend will be laid to rest in his hometown

Public viewing of Les Paul set for Friday in Milwaukee
Guitar legend Les Paul is to be buried this Friday in his hometown of Milwaukee, WI, following a public viewing and tribute to him at the Discovery World museum in the city.

Paul died last week (August 13) aged 94 in White Plains, NY from complications arising from a severe case of pneumonia.

A private funeral service will take place tomorrow (August 19) in New York City and will be followed by a reception at the Gibson Showroom, his manager Michael K. Braunstein told the Associated Press.

Several members of Paul's family are slated to attend the tribute at the Discovery World Museum, which will include the public viewing from 10am until 2pm.

The family will then have a private service later that day at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha, about 15 miles outside Milwaukee.

The musician and inventor will be buried in a larger plot away from his family members who are already buried at the cemetery, to allow for public viewing.

Paul pioneered the Les Paul Goldtop guitar model through the Gibson company in 1952. His Les Paul Standard model, first released in 1954, remains hugely popular today.

Paul, real name Lester William Polfuss, was born in Wisconsin in 1915. He played guitar semi-professionally from his early teens, dropping out of school aged 17 to earn his living playing in bands.

As well as guitar model design, Paul was innovative in developing multi-track recording – allowing musicians to record various musical parts and meld them together as one track.

Paul received various honours in his lifetime, including being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988 by Jeff Beck. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1978.

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