“This is the final demolition of this popular and ignorant rumor that the basis of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s music is electronics.  They make music the way people have made music since the world began.  First of all, they’re musicians.  They have an accurate ear for harmony.  They work very hard.  They have a lot of patience and they take advantage of the trick which, granted, electronics makes possible. That you can record one part of a song, and then you can play it back to yourself, and then you can accompany that part and keep on recording.”

–Alistair Cooke, on the October 25, 1953 edition of Omnibus, afterFord and Paul have demonstrated a “machine” that takes a single guitar track and a single vocal track and turns them into a fully arranged song–an obvious fake, of course.  Watch the full video on YouTube here.

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