Les Paul YouTube Friday

by John Holbo on October 17, 2008

How about some old Les Paul stuff? You can’t go wrong.

“Nola” [you haven’t heard it? You really should give a listen.]

“Tiger Rag”

“Live Version of Hummingbird” (part 1 of a three part live series)

The Wizard of Waukesha: A Film About Les Paul (5 part series)

Les Paul and the Teenagers

The Les Paul and Mary Ford TV Show (there are 10 or so of these). Mary Ford is always petting the plant or spreading avocado on bread or something suitably domestic while she sings.

If this sort of thing sounds good, I recommend the The Best of the Capitol Masters: 90th Birthday Edition [amazon]. I just bought it and, boy, am I happy.



John Emerson 10.17.08 at 5:35 pm

Les Paul apparently invented multi-tracking and did some incredibly cheezy stuff where one guitar is dubbed doubletime, very fast in a high register. More at my URL.


Michael Drake 10.17.08 at 7:00 pm

How about Scotty Anderson. Good heavens.


Donald A. Coffin 10.17.08 at 7:14 pm

Beautiful. Although, as much as I like the way Les Paul plays, I love to listen to Chet Atkins
(and there’s 349 videos here–and I have no investment or participation in the site:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVlFngyhffo&channel=daffydoug)


Adam Roberts 10.17.08 at 7:58 pm

I realise, here, now, for the first time, that ‘Nola’ was used as the theme tune for the Children’s BBC animated ‘Paddington’ series (not Les Paul’s version, but still). That’s somehow very lovely to know.


Alexei McDonald 10.17.08 at 8:22 pm

I just turned the TV on right now and found myself watching the beginning of a 90 minute Les Paul biography. Synchronicity or what?


John Holbo 10.18.08 at 2:05 am

Yeah, while I was making the links, I was noticing all the Chet Atkins goodness. Lester and Chester. Maybe next week I’ll do Chester.


John Holbo 10.18.08 at 3:39 am

One last link. I was playing Les Paul’s “Brazil” and Zoë (age 7) asked: is this music from the future or something?

Here you can hear it on old, scratchy 78:


Lisa 10.18.08 at 7:26 am

I’m more of a Link Wray fan but cool. Thanks.

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