1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Les Paul and Mary Ford Les Paul, (b.1915), Mary Ford, (b.1928)
Famous POP hit during the 50s: Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You) 1953
Les Paul & Mary Ford also had hits with Mockin’ Bird Hill, How High the Moon and The World is Waiting for the Sunrise in 1951, Bye Bye Blues in 1953, and Hummingbird in 1955. Recording career with hits on the charts: 1946-1961 Record Label: Capitol
Les Paul, born Lester Polfus, played the guitar for dance band Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians and accompanied Bing Crosby on his 1945 hit It’s Been a Long Long Time. In the late forties he designed the first solid-body amplified electric guitar and developed the multi-track, sound-on-sound technique, now called over-dubbing. A combination of his guitar and electronic talents with the vocals of his wife Mary Ford, resulted in two million-selling records in 1951: Mockin’ Bird Hilland How High the Moon. They recorded their biggest hit Vaya Con Dios in 1953. Mary Ford was born Iris Colleen Summers in Pasadena, California. The pair met in the late 40s (while Mary Ford was a country singer) and married in 1949. From 1953 through 1960, they hosted, ‘The Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home Show,’ and they continued to record together until they divorced in 1964. In the 1960s Paul retired from performing. Mary Ford died in 1977.
Les Paul and Mary Ford's Best 45rpm Single Recordings: