August 19, 2009

BUILD IT BACK UP:

Les Paul: 1915-2009: The Father of Modern Guitar Spanned and Shaped Genres (JIM FUSILLI, 8/19/09, WSJ)

The Les Paul-Mary Ford version of "How High the Moon" was a smash hit in 1951, spending nine weeks in the top slot on the Billboard charts.

"When you go back and listen to 'How High the Moon,' it's so different than anything else from that time," said Bruce Swedien, a Grammy-winning engineer who first met Mr. Paul in the late 1950s. "The only natural sound on that song is Mary's voice. His concept was to take music, bust it down to its elements and build it back up again."


Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2009 5:30 AM
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