Several months back, I came across this beauty in a collection that I had to have. It was Les Paul and Mary Ford’s ‘The Hit Makers’ from 1955. The original album came out in 1953 and was a 10″ record. This one is a 12″ re-release just two short years later and it added four more songs than the original.
Now it is pretty simple as to why I would want an album that is 63 years old. The album features Les Paul. This amazing guitarist and guitar builder is known worldwide and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have some of his music in my collection. And it doesn’t disappoint. I could go into the history of Les Paul, but will save that for another post some time in the future.
Les Paul and Mary Ford met in the Summer of 1945 and married four years later. They recorded numerous albums together and ‘The Hit Makers!’ is a greatest hits collection of their music. The album is a mixture of instrumentals highlighting the great guitar playing of Les Paul and songs with Mary Ford singing away. Shortly after the release, the hits started to dry up a little as the start of something called “Rock & Roll” hit the radio airwaves.