It's probably a stretch to say there wouldn't have been rock and roll without Les Paul. But it sure would have sounded different.
The pioneering musician, instrument maker and innovator, who helped popularize the electric guitar, would have turned 100 on June 9. In celebration of the Les Paul centennial, the New York Guitar Show & Expo will hold what it calls the area's largest Les Paul tribute and exhibit at its annual guitar event next weekend, April 25 and 26, at the Freeport Recreation Center. Admission is $10 for adults.
Several iconic guitars Paul made from the 1950s to 1970s will be on display, along with other Paul mementos. Paul died in 2009 at age 94.
For more information, go to nyguitarexpo.com.