Vaya con Dios (song)

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"Vaya con Dios"
Vaya Con Dios 45 Capitol Les Paul Mary Ford.jpg
Single by Les Paul and Mary Ford
B-side"Johnny (Is the Boy for Me)"
ReleasedJune 1953
Format7-inch single
Songwriter(s)Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper
Les Paul and Mary Ford singles chronology
"Vaya con Dios"

"Vaya con Dios (May God Be With You)" ([ˈba.ʝa kon djos], literally "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 1952. Les Paul and Mary Ford had a No. 1 recording of the song in 1953. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[1]


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 in May 1953.[2] It first reached the Billboard magazine Best Seller chart on June 13, 1953 and lasted 31 weeks on the chart, reaching number one on August 8 and remaining at number one for a total of 11 non-consecutive weeks.[3] The song also reached number one on the Cash Box chart where it remained at No. 1 for five weeks.[4]

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.

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:


  1. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014.
  2. ^ Vaya Con Dios. Second Hand Songs.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940–1955. Record Research.
  4. ^ "Song artist 161 - Les Paul & Mary Ford". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  6. ^ Pedro Infante. Discogs.


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