Vaya con Dios (song)

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"Vaya con Dios"
Single by Les Paul and Mary Ford
B-side "Johnny (Is the Boy For Me)"
Released June 1953
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Length 2:50
Label Capitol 2486
Writer(s) Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper
Les Paul and Mary Ford singles chronology
"Sleep"
(1953)
"Vaya con Dios"
(1953)
"Johnny"
(1953)

"Vaya con Dios" (translated as "Go with God") is a popular song written by Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper, and first recorded by Anita O'Day in December of 1952. Les Paul and Mary Ford had a no. 1 recording of the song in 1953.

Background[edit]

The most popular version of the song was recorded by Les Paul and Mary Ford. This recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2486 with "Johnny (Is the Boy For Me)" as the flip side. It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on June 13, 1953 and lasted thirty-one weeks on the chart, reaching number one on August 8 and remaining at number one for a total of eleven weeks.[1] The song also reached number one on the Cash Box chart where it remained at no. 1 for five weeks.[2]

The Les Paul and Mary Ford single reached no. 7 in the UK backed with the Les Paul instrumental composition "Deep in the Blues" as the flip side.

In 2005, the 1953 Les Paul and Mary Ford recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

In 1966, a recording was made of the song by The McGuire Sisters.

Other Notable Recordings[edit]

1953 sheet music cover for the Les Paul and Mary Ford recording, Ardmore Music. New York.

The song has been recorded by:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research. 
  2. ^ "Song artist 161 - Les Paul & Mary Ford". Tsort.info. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

Sources[edit]

  • Jacobson, Bob. Les Paul: Guitar Wizard. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2012.
  • Shaughnessy, Mary. Les Paul: An American Original. New York: Morrow, 1993.
  • Wyckoff, Edwin Brit. Electric Guitar Man: The Genius of Les Paul. Genius at Work! Berkeley Heights, N.J.: Enslow Publishers, 2008.
Preceded by
"The Door is Always Open"
by Dave & Sugar
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single (Freddy Fender version)

July 24, 1976
Succeeded by
"Here Comes the Freedom Train"
by Merle Haggard