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Les Paul and Mary Ford

Born on Jan. 9, 1916, in Waykesha, Wisconsin, as Lester Polfuss, Paul started out playing guitar in hillbilly bands and then moved on to jazz combos, first with the Les Paul Trio in the late Thirties, before be-coming the guitarist with first Fred Waring and later Bing Crosby. He had always been interested in electronics and in 1941, while in hospital after a car crash, he had the idea of making a solid body electric guitar — the log' — which he eventually sold to Gibson as the 'Les Paul Guitar'. It was finally issued by the company, complete with its famous sustaining pick-ups, in 1952.

In the late Forties, he met Mary Ford — born on July 7, 1928, as Colleen Summer, in Pasadena, California — and they began performing and recording as a duo, unsuccessfully, for Decca and Columbia. After their marriage, they moved to Capitol and almost immediately had a series of million-sellers — Nockin' Bird Hill', 'How High The Moon' and The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise', records which are remembered more for their originality.

Mary Ford's voice complementing Les Paul's 'talking guitar' — than anything else. Their hits ceased in 1961, but by then Les Paul, who had built the first eight-track recorder in 1954, was far more interested in experimenting with guitars than playing them. Since his divorce from Mary Ford in 1963, he has devoted himself to 'reinventing the guitar'.

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How High The Moon (CD)
Les Paul: How High The Moon (CD) Art-Nr.: CDAJA5438

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(2002/ASV) 30 mono recordings 1937-1951 featuring Mary Ford
Dream Dust (CD)
Les Paul: Dream Dust (CD) Art-Nr.: CD070454

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After You've Gone
Les Paul: After You've Gone Art-Nr.: CDAUD42

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(2009/AUDUOPHILE) 28 tracks, recorded for World Broadcasting Co. 1944/45 in Los Angeles.
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Les Paul Trio (CD)
Les Paul: Les Paul Trio (CD) Art-Nr.: CD157410

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(Delta Music) 21 tracks
Jazzman (2-CD)
Les Paul: Jazzman (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDAMSC940

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(AVID) 44 tracks (156:41)
California Melodies
Les Paul & His Trio: California Melodies Art-Nr.: CDCCM390

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(2003/CCM) 20 tracks - transcriptions 1944/45
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Les Paul Now!
Les Paul: Les Paul Now! Art-Nr.: CDLF8101

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(2004/VOCALION) 13 tracks, original 1968
The Inventor: Great Guitar Instrumentals
Les Paul: The Inventor: Great Guitar Instrumentals Art-Nr.: CDMW051

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(2009/MW/CAPITOL) 14 master instros - all Top 25 Singles! ecopac