Mary Ford

Born Jul 7, 1924

Mary Ford, born Iris Colleen Summers, was an American vocalist and guitarist, comprising half of the husband-and-wife musical team Les Paul and Mary Ford. Between 1950 and 1954, the couple had 16 top-ten hits, including "How High the Moon" and Vaya con Dios", which were number one hits on the Billboard charts. In 1951 alone they sold six million records. With Paul, Ford became one of the early practitioners of multi-tracking.… Read More

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1924 Birth Although her year of birth has been variously reported (1924, 1925, 1928), the year 1924 is engraved on her tombstone, along with "Vaya con Dios", the name of one of her most popular songs. … Read More


1945 - 1946 2 More Events
1947 23 Years Old By 1947 Summers became romantically involved with Paul, whose first marriage to Virginia M. Webb was failing, as it could no longer endure the stresses and strains of his show-business career. … Read More
1949 25 Years Old In 1949, Paul and Webb divorced, and he married Ford on December 29, 1949, in a "small private ceremony without much fanfare" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1950 26 Years Old Ford and Paul put out 28 hits for Capitol Records between 1950 and 1957, including "Tiger Rag", "Vaya con Dios" (11 weeks at #1), "How High the Moon" (nine weeks at #1), "Bye Bye Blues" and "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise". … Read More
1951 27 Years Old During 1951 Ford and Paul earned $500,000, and had recorded more top ten hits for the year than Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and The Andrews Sisters combined. … Read More
1952 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In September 1952, after cutting "I'm Sitting on Top of the World", Ford and Paul sailed for London to appear at the Palladium Theatre, where they debuted before Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family.
1953 29 Years Old Following this success of "Vaya con Dios", in 1953 the couple started to host The Les Paul and Mary Ford Show, their own daily television program broadcast from their Mahwah home. … Read More


1954 30 Years Old Ford and Paul had three children: a baby born on November 26, 1954, who died four days later; Mary Colleen Paul, whom they fostered from 1958; and Robert Ralph "Bobby" Paul (born in 1959). … Read More
1955 31 Years Old In early 1955, rock and roll came along and eventually threatened the popularity of many performers including Paul and Ford. … Read More
1956 32 Years Old In 1956 Ford separated briefly from Paul when she ran away to Amarillo, Texas.
1958 34 Years Old In July 1958, Paul and Ford left Capitol and signed with the Columbia label, but the move failed to restore their declining career. In 1961, they appeared on NBC's Five Star Jubilee. Les and Mary divorced in December 1964. In November 1963, Ford released her first solo single, an English-language version of "Dominique", for Calendar Records. About 1965 Ford married Donald Hatfield, whom she had known since high school, and they settled in Monrovia, California. … Read More


1977 53 Years Old Died on September 30, 1977.
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