Husband and wife duo Les Paul and Mary Ford had a radio show in 1950 and later a TV program as well. The two performed some of the sweetest songs together on air. This filmed performance comes from Ominbus show in 1951, a special time in music when rock & roll was still brewing, but rockabilly and country & western genres were beginning to get air play.

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The reason the couple have headphones on is that they were demonstrating technology that allowed them to use overdubbing to perform multiple parts of a song. Their live performance is being played over pre-recorded samples, making this one of the first ever examples of samplingused in pop music!

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Paul’s legendary guitar skills added a spin on songs that might otherwise be a bit lackluster. “How High the Moon,” a song that was initially rejected by Paul’s record label, eventually became a #1 hit. Hear the two perform this lovely song using state-of-the-art technology in the video below.