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Paul Marx
Inducted on January 26, 2002

Paul Marx Paul Marx, born July 4th, 1947 in Crowley, Louisiana, has been married to Rose Ann (LeBouef) of Kaplan, Louisiana for 32 years. Paul and his wife, "Russell," as she is known by her friends, now make their home in Eunice. Paul served for four years in the US Navy, including six months in San Diego, California, two years in Japan, and 1 1/2 years in Viet Nam. Paul was honorably discharged in November of 1968.

Paul Marx has written numerous songs, including "TAKE CARE OF MY KIDS" and "EVERYDAY IS MOTHER'S DAY" recorded by Wayne Toups. Paul has also had a couple of his compositions, which he recorded himself, recommended in Billboard Magazine, "YOU TORE MY WORLD APART LAST NIGHT" (1983) and "I WISH I HAD A JOB" (1986). Some of the other artists who have recorded some of his compositions include Lee Benoit, Blackie Forestier, Don Fontenot and most recently Paul Jon Bonvin of Switzerland (did a cover of "EVERYDAY IS MOTHER'S DAY").

Paul began his radio career in the mid 70's, with a five hour weekly Saturday program featuring Louisiana recording artists, specializing more in the "local" musicians.

In 1996, Paul Marx was inducted into The Louisiana Hall of Fame for his efforts in years of dedication to the promotion and preservation of Louisiana music.

Paul has received many other honors in the past few years for his contribution to the promotion and preservation of Louisiana music & culture. Some of the honors given him are on October 14, 1998 The CFMA (Cajun French Music Association) honored Paul Marx with a prestigious award for his contribution in preserving the Cajun language, music & culture. On October 16, 1999 The Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame recognized Paul "for his extraordinary work in the preservation of Louisiana music & heritage". April 17, 2000 Paul Marx was presented the "CITIZEN OF THE YEAR" award by The Eunice Harmony Lodge #410 F. & F. M. On May 24, 2000 The Louisiana Music Commission issued Paul Marx & KBON its highest honor of "MUSIC DECREE" for efforts in promoting Louisiana music and on September 15, 2000 Louisiana Governor M. J. "Mike" Foster, Jr. and the state of Louisiana honored Paul with the "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD" for his contribution to the preservation of Louisiana music.

In 1997, Paul was able to bring a new frequency to the airwaves, KBON 101.1 FM. Being sole owner of KBON, Paul was able to put together his "DREAM COME TRUE" music format, being "Variety with A Louisiana Flavor." KBON's music format is about 75% Louisiana recording artists. Besides being a "local" 25,000 watts radio station, KBON is also heard around the world over their web site http://www.kbon.com and http://www.warpradio.com and is in the top ten listened to radio stations in the world on warpradio. KBON also has the honor of very possibly being the most visited radio station in the world! The broadcasting studios are located at 109 South Second Street in beautiful historic downtown Eunice.

Paul and Rose have two daughters. First is Angela Marie Johnson, who is married to Wilfred "Willie" Johnson from Crowley. Angela and Wilfred have twin daughters, Aymslee and Shydee, and one son, Chaynery. Their second daughter is Paula Ann Guidry who is married to Scotty Guidry of Pecan Island, Louisiana.

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