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Public gets chance to pay respects to Les Paul

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The public gets a chance in Milwaukee to pay its respects to Les Paul, a virtuoso whose solid-body electric guitar paved the way for rock 'n' roll.

Paul's closed casket will be available for viewing Friday for four hours at a science and technology museum along the shores of Lake Michigan, about 15 miles from the city where Paul was born and grew up.

He died Aug. 13 in White Plains, N.Y., at the age of 94.

The visitation is the only chance for the public to pay respect to Paul. His New York City funeral on Wednesday, like his burial at Waukesha's Prairie Home Cemetery later Friday, was private.

Paul is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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