Les Paul was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible, and is credited with many recording innovations. His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records. Among his many honors, Les Paul is the only person to be included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Les Paul's contributions to the music industry are legion tape delay, phasing effects, multi-track recording, and overdubbing, or Sound on Sound all techniques that are still in use today, and that have helped to evolve music and recording technology over the past half-century. Of these, his Sound on Sound was the most revolutionary never before had recording allowed, or been used for, making multiple recorded tracks that could be played in tandem, creating a whole new sonic world for musicians and engineers to explore.
Following the introduction of his recording developments in the late 1940s, Les was convinced that his guitar playing combined with Marys singing and his New Sound would carry the duo to the top of the charts.
Les had seen the future and he set about to build it. The golden duo cranked out hit after hit, including an astounding five Top Ten hits in a nine-month span. They also had their own radio show with NBC. Once Les added a second tape head to his Ampex tape recorder the duo was free to record their shows as they traveled to entertain their fans. For their recordings, Mary arranged and sang all of the vocals while Les played the many layers of his guitar and added his recording wizardry. During live performances, Mary would play her guitar with Les as she sang.
Les was always listening for sounds he could get in various rooms. He and Mary recorded in the kitchen, basement, living room, hotel rooms, hallways, closets, and just about any place where Les could get the sound he wanted for a particular song.
In the early 1950s, Les Paul and Mary Ford were on top of the charts. Listerine suggested one of Americas first reality TV shows, "Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home," but they wanted the couple to be closer to the New York corporate headquarters. The twosome moved to Mahwah, New Jersey where the popular TV Show was filmed in their home. Les said the five-minute shows aired five times a day, five days a week.
Todays leading recording artists know that their sound is built on the genius inventions of Les Paul and his stellar performances with wife Mary Ford.
1. Falling In Love With Love
2. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
3. Just One Of Those Things
4. Twelfth Street Rag
7. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
8. Nueva Laredo
1. Moritat - Theme From Three Penny Opera
2. The Best Things In Life Are Free
3. Some Of These Days
4. Tico Tico
5. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
6. Dangerous Curves
7. I'm Movin' On
8. Farewell (For Just A While)