Fun story for you music fans
The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100
NPR - By JOEL ROSE • JUN 9, 2015
Say the name “Les Paul” to anybody born after 1960, and they’ll probably think you’re talking about an electric guitar.
But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist.
Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.
I’m almost ashamed to say I do remember him—and his wife, Mary Ford. I used to see them on television in the 50s.
Well you’re in good company, mine. The Les Paul and Mary Ford were some of my favorite 45’s, do you remember “Tiger Rag”? Pity I lost them along with a lot of other 45’s in my old house, but I can still find them on You Tube.
Another interesting fact, Les Paul pioneered over dubbing, where they would record one part and then re record another part with it, both instrumental and vocal. So Mary was singing harmony with herself. But for a live performance, to get a similar effect, she would have her sister sing the 2nd part from behind the curtain.