Mary Ford
American musician
Mary Ford
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.
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Battling Obesity - MD News (press release)
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(LR) Molly Letcher, Mary Ford, Dr. Mohammad Rashid, Michele Catania, and Jackie Raymond. Almost 34% of adults and 16% of children are currently obese, which is defined as being 30 or more pounds over ideal body weight or a body mass index (BMI) greater
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152 earn GEDs in Warren last fiscal year - Bowling Green Daily News
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In Warren County, the number of people receiving GED diplomas increased by 58 percent over one year, from 96 in 2009-10 to 152 last fiscal year, according to Mary Ford, Kentucky Community and Technical College System-Warren County Adult Education
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Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to Release New CD October 4 - San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
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Soloists include Marcellus Kidd, Carmen Jones, Mary Ford, Carl Mosby Jr., Keziah Buggs, Sharon Henderson, Theresa Priester, and director Kelly. Music director Carl Wheeler plays keyboards on the new CD, along with Ben Heveroh, Louis Burrell,
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Remembering Les Paul (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
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In addition to being an innovative guitarist and beloved entertainer (along with his wife, Mary Ford), Paul was a trailblazing inventor whose accomplishments include pioneering developments in multitrack recording and the solid-body electric guitar
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แม่...ผู้สร้างอัจฉริยะ - ไทยรัฐ
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... แต่หนูน้อยฟอร์ดไม่ชอบสิ่งที่พ่อพยายามจะมอบให้ เขาชอบการประดิษฐ์คิดค้น ชอบเครื่องยนต์กลไก ทำให้คุณพ่ออารมณ์เสียอยู่บ่อยๆ โชคดีที่มีคุณแม่แมรี่ (Mary Ford) คอยสนับสนุน ให้กำลังใจ และทำให้ฟอร์ดเชื่อว่า เครื่องไม้เครื่องมือต่างๆที่มีกลไกน่าจะมีประโยชน์
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This Day in Music: August 12th - Gibson
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In addition to being an innovative guitarist and beloved entertainer (along with his wife, Mary Ford), Paul was a trailblazing inventor whose accomplishments include pioneering developments in multitrack recording and the solid-body electric guitar
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Imelda May ready to rock the Independent in San Francisco tonight - San Francisco Examiner (blog)
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Singing alongside her old pal Jeff Beck (with whom she played the Grammys last year, in a Les Paul/Mary Ford tribute) in his retro-themed gig at the Fillmore. But we can't get enough of her, so naturally the show is sold out
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Cohasset police looking for source of hoax 'baby' call - Wicked Local
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At 11:15 pm on Monday (July 25), Cohasset Police received a call on their business line from a young woman, who claimed to be asking for help because she had just had a baby behind the gas station in the village
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Competitors Cool Off After Triathlon - WLWT Cincinnati
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Mary Ford said she's not ready to compete yet, but she'd like to someday. "I think I could do everything but the run," she said. "I walk every day and I can swim and I can bike ride. I don't think I could do the running part." John Ford said he doesn't
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Stripwax: She Put A Spell On Me (And She'll Put One On You) - ThirdCoast Digest
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So he's pulling up clip after clip of Imelda May singing with her band and JEFF FUCKING BECK at a Les Paul tribute show, the highlight of which was their rendition of Les Paul and Mary Ford's goofy and groundbreaking hit “Tiger Rag
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Free, free, free events--for all you broke peeps out there - TheDigitel
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For extra brownie points, bring school supplies donations for Mary Ford Elementary. Sunday, July 24th: You know how much we love pet adoption. This Sunday, Pet Helpers will sponsor Kitten Fever at Mt. Pleasant Towne Center. And that doesn't even begin
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Agent: Durant would consider playing overseas - USA Today
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Durant's spokeswoman, Mary Ford, confirmed Goodwin's statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Neither Ford nor Goodwin mentioned specifics about what those opportunities might be. Durant is in China for a promotional tour
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Gypsy jazz with a twist - Mail Tribune
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While his music bears the influence of his heroes, including Les Paul and Mary Ford, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti and, of course, Reinhardt, Cole says he doesn't aim at re-creating their respective sounds. "If you focus too much on your influences,
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Mary Ford, the Voice Behind Les Paul - Legacy.com
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Mary Ford became famous for her groundbreaking duets with musician and inventor Les Paul. On what would have been her 87th birthday, we look back at her life and singing career. Born Iris Colleen Summers to a musical family headed by a Nazarene revival
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How I met your mother, Commander style - Orlando Sentinel
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•I noticed commemorative articles around the time of what would've been Les Paul's 96th birthday June 9 and thought, hey, let's try to find a few things about his former wife and musical partner, Mary Ford. It was her multi-tracked voice we heard on
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Ford
    FIFTIES
  • 1977
    Age 52
    Died on September 30, 1977.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Willing and his wife attended the wedding reception. Ford and her sisters were used as vocalists on Foy Willing's album The New Sound of American Folk, which was recorded at their brother Bobby Summers' Sound House Recorders in El Monte, California, and released on the Jubilee label. Bassist Red Wootten, who married Mary's sister Eva Summers, wrote his memories of playing at the Crescendo in Los Angeles with Mary, her sister Carol and her brother, Bob Summers: In Downey, California, Mary's sister Esther Williams played the organ in The Village Restaurant. Esther's daughter, Esther Colleen "Suzee" Williams, recalled one amusing incident at the restaurant in the years after Mary Ford and Les Paul had split up: Ford and Paul were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1541 Vine Street in Hollywood. In 1978, they were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  • 1956
    Age 31
    In 1956 Ford separated briefly from Paul when she ran away to Amarillo, Texas.
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  • 1955
    Age 30
    In early 1955, rock and roll came along and eventually threatened the popularity of many performers including Paul and Ford.
    More Details Hide Details In 1955, they gave a concert at Carnegie Hall, and in 1956, the couple performed at the Eisenhower White House. With the advent of rock and roll, Ford and Paul faded from the charts in the late 1950s.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 29
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Soon after their wedding, Paul and Ford began making radio programs together for NBC, including Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home, a fifteen-minute program that was pre-recorded and broadcast every Friday night.
  • 1953
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show, which was five minutes long and sponsored by Listerine, ran from 1953 to 1960 on NBC television and in syndication.
  • 1952
    Age 27
    In 1952, their innovative sound was satirized by Stan Freberg in his recording of "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" (Capitol, F 2279).
    More Details Hide Details In 1953, the couple recorded "Vaya con Dios" (Capitol 2486), the biggest selling song of their career, which was released in June 1953, entered the Billboard charts on June 13, 1953, and reached number one on August 8 and remaining there for a total of nine weeks. The song lasted thirty-one weeks on the chart, and also reached number one on the Cash Box chart.
    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.
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  • 1951
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They also tied Patti Page for top selling recording artist, having sold more than six million disks since January 1951. Paul bought a Cadillac to use on their expanding road tours with plenty of space for all their electronic gear. They also purchased a woodland retreat in Mahwah, New Jersey, in the Ramapo Mountains, and their mansion included a recording studio and an echo chamber carved out of a neighboring mountain.
  • 1950
    Age 25
    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".
    More Details Hide Details These songs featured Ford harmonizing with herself, giving the vocals a novel sound. Paul and Ford did all their recording at home or on the road and submitted the masters to Capitol, with Paul dictating to the record company what songs were destined to become hits. Paul and Ford also used the now-ubiquitous recording technique known as close miking, where the microphone is less than six inches from the singer's mouth. This produces a more intimate, less reverberant sound than when the singer is a foot or more from the microphone. It also emphasizes low-frequency sounds in the voice. The result was a singing style that diverged strongly from earlier styles, such as vocals in musical comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. After extensive touring and recording, the couple decided to leave Hollywood and moved to New York City to make the crossover from radio to television. They took a cramped apartment in Paul's former New York neighborhood, where they conceived and recorded their arrangement of "How High The Moon", a hard-swinging multi-layered arrangement containing twelve overdubs using the guitar and Ford's voice. While Capitol was reluctant to release this song, after they had scored several more hits with Capitol, including, 'Tennessee Waltz" and "Mockin' Bird Hill", "How High The Moon" was released in March 1951. Within a month, "How High The Moon" and "Mockin' Bird Hill" captured The Hit Parades number one and number two spots, respectively.
  • 1949
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1947
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In January 1948, while traveling on Route 66 through Oklahoma, the couple's car driven by Summers skidded off the road and plummeted 20 feet into a frozen creek bed. After the accident, Summers identified herself to authorities as Iris Watson. Among Paul’s many injuries, his right elbow was shattered, and it would be eighteen months before he could play guitar again. After Paul's wife Virginia took their two sons to Chicago, Summers moved in with Paul in his house on Carson Avenue, where she took care of him as he recuperated from the effects of the car accident. By July 1949 Summers was performing under the stage name of Mary Ford. To avoid confusing her established western music audience, initially Paul named his musical partner "Mary Lou", but later selected the stage name "Mary Ford" from a telephone directory so her name would be almost as short as his.
  • 1946
    Age 21
    From 1946 to 1948 Summers was a regular actor in the drama portion of The All-Star Western Theatre, a radio program hosted by Foy Willing and his Riders of the Purple Sage.
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  • 1945
    Age 20
    In 1945, when Eddie Dean introduced her to guitarist Les Paul, she was a popular western vocalist on KXLA's Dinner Bell Round-Up Time.
    More Details Hide Details The two began performing together in 1946. After Summers left the Sunshine Girls to work with Paul and his trio, she was replaced initially by Marilyn Myers Tuttle. After Tuttle left, Summer's older sister, Eva, sang with Earler and Widener as the Three Rays on the Jimmy Wakely Show on CBS. Colleen Summers appeared on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch CBS radio program as a cast member and featured vocalist from July through early November 1946.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Along with interviews, performance footage of the couple is featured in the musical documentary Chasing Sound: Les Paul at 90, directed by John Paulson (Johnny Mathis Live, An Evening with Chita Rivera). Distributed by Koch Entertainment, Chasing Sound premiered May 9, 2007 at the Downer Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, followed by the television premiere July 11, 2007 on PBS as part of its American Masters series.
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