Les Paul – Chasing Sound

Linda and I watched a wonderful documentary the other night about Les Paul, the Inventor’s Hall of Fame inventor of multi-track recording and the solid-body electric guitar. While I knew of those two contributions to music, I’m just barely too young (I don’t get to say that too often anymore) to know what hit makers he and his wife Mary Ford were with 16 top-ten hits between 1950 and 1954. Songs we all know like “Tennessee Waltz”, “Mockin’ Bird Hill” and “I’m Sitting on Top of the World”. They had five top-ten hits in nine months and sold six million records in 1951 alone.

This is a very entertaining film about one of the most influential musicians and guitars that has ever lived. Paul gives great interviews and the footage of his performance at the Iridium in NYC at the age of 90 is truly memorable. We got it as a DVD from Netflix. Highly recommended, five stars, all that and more. Check it out!

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3 Responses to Les Paul – Chasing Sound

  1. Greg Suing says:

    That is a great documentary.

    His 4-disc boxed CD set is a pleasure to listen to. It has singles, commercials, and several longish clips from his radio show. Very entertaining.

  2. Justin Hart says:

    I agree, this was a great documentary. Les Paul certainly did more than most for music.

    This documentary is also available on hulu for free.

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