WASHINGTON, June 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, JUNE 9: LES PAUL
Profile America — Saturday, June 9th. Today marks the birthday of one of the most influential guitarists of the American music scene. Born Lester Polsfuss, he became famous as Les Paul. He invented the solid-body guitar and recording techniques that allowed a performer to accompany himself, overdubbing multiple parts for special effects. In the 1950s he and his wife, Mary Ford, had many top 10 hits, such as "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" and "Vaya Con Dios." In the U.S. today, there are 600 musical instrument makers, and they sell some $1.8 billion of instruments each year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 307
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 339992
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau