CRANFORD—The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will sponsor a “Tribute to Les Paul & Mary Ford,” starring Tom Doyle and Sandy Cory, on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.
Les Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, recorded a string of pop hits in the early 1950s. A renowned jazz guitarist, Paul was also a pioneer in multi-track recording, solid-body guitar design, and electronic effects devices.
Tom Doyle is a highly accomplished guitarist in his own right. He began his musical career in a duo with his sister. They performed at the Bitter End in New York City and opened for such artists as Richie Havens, the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Butterfield Blues Band. Les Paul, impressed by Doyle’s musical talent and technical know-how, hired him as his sound engineer, a position that Doyle held for 40 years.
In 1970 Doyle also began a business making, repairing and modifying guitars. He has customized, repaired and modified guitars for George Benson, Sting, Bucky Pizzarelli, Al Di Meola, and Jimmy Page, among others. Along the way, Doyle met Sandy Cory, a guitar student and singer, and Doyle and Cory began to perform together. Like Paul and Ford, they are a husband and wife team. Since the passing of Les Paul, they are the opening act for the Les Paul Tribute at New York City’s Iridium on Monday nights.
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