I Know My First Name Is Stephen
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I researched Les Paul and Mary Ford, after Richard cited them as his biggest influence in his early years. In interviews with Les Paul, he talks fondly of “my Mary”, but what I didn’t realise is that they didn’t grow old together, but divorced in December 1964. She moved on quite quickly, remarried in 1965 and died in 1977 at the very young age of 53. The story isn’t as rosy as I’m sure many people realise but they left some amazing music behind and if it hadn’t been for them, we might never have had Carpenters. Now there’s a thought.