Appearance on Omnibus – Mid-1950s

Les Paul & Mary Ford


An informative interview and demonstration

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In the 1950s, guitarist Les Paul and singer Mary Ford recorded a long string of hit recordings that were quite unusual.

Paul was a pioneer in multi-track recordings and, through his mastery of electronics, he was able to record and overdub up to 12 guitars and 12 voices (Mary Ford’s), creating a unique sound for their recordings.

On this fascinating episode of the mid-1950s television program Omnibus, host Alistair Cooke does a fine job of interviewing the pair.

Les Paul demonstrates his innovative recording technique and how he could record sound over sound in an informative and humorous manner; the program concludes with Paul & Ford performing “How High The Moon.”

-Scott Yanow


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