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John Paulson is director, cinematographer, editor. 

Formerly a filmmaker with Smithsonian Productions, Paulson specializes in films on music, fine and performing arts, history, and the cultural traditions of the world.  His acclaimed film on Woody Guthrie was the central feature of a 3-year exhibition that toured the country. He is owner and president of John Paulson Productions, LLC.

James Arntz is producer and writer.

Veteran of PBS music specials and biographies, Arntz has created PBS biographies of Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Julie Andrews, as well as numerous PBS music specials, including Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House, an Emmy winning performance-documentary on the history of klezmer.  

Glenn Aveni is executive producer. 

Aveni's company,  ICON Television Music, Inc. specializes in producing and distributing music-related programming worldwide.







John Paulson


Sound Recordist

Robert Sullivan



John Paulson


Field Producer

Meg Farrage


Additional Cinematography

Erich Roland

Masa Yoshikawa


Assistant Editor

James Sullivan


Additional Editing

Cathy Shields


HD Cameras & Lenses

Erich Roland /  DC Camera


Music Supervision

John Paulson


Music Remix

Greg Hartman / Big Mo Recording


Production Services

Dawn Paulson


Production Assistance

Gino Di Napoli

Dylan Huey

Melissa Narvaez

Tom Nizinski

Bravo Roughan

Pamela Aveni



Will Eastman

Kurt Lee

Charles McGovern


Animation & Title Design

Billy Woodward / Pixeldust Studios


Post-Production  / Henninger Media Services

Jef Huey, Editor

Rob Fritts, Sound Mix

Dave Markun, Colorist

Kevin Barker, Assistant Editor


Business Affairs

Robert C. Lasky

Michael K. Braunstein


Research & Licensing Services

Eric Kulberg / Universal Media, Inc.

Jim McDonnell, Footage Research

Susan Hormuth,  Photo Research

Steve Gordon,  Music Licensing

Barbara Gregson,  Guild Clearances


Still Photography

Robert Sullivan



Susan Baker

Jeff Beck

Tony Bennett

Timuel Black

Richard Carpenter

Walter Carter

Anderson Cooper

Carol Corona

Bob Cutarella

Will Eastman

Tommy Emmanuel

Ahmet Ertegun

Patrick Foley

David Fricke

Johnny Frigo

Gary Giddins

Randy Goodrum

George Gruhn

Merle Haggard

James Henke

Sonya Hensley

Henry Juszkiewicz

B. B. King

Jay Leonhart

John Mack

Bill C. Malone

Paul McCartney

Charles McGovern

Steve Miller

Gene Norman

Helen Otto

Jon Paris

Russ Paul

Bucky Pizzarelli

Daniel Pokwinski

Ken Poston

Phil Quartararo

Bonnie Raitt

Phil Ramone

Fred Rosenmerkel

Keith Richards

Richie Sambora

Tim Samuelson

Al Schmitt

Kay Starr

Eddie Van Halen

Paul Vrakas

Paul Yandell


Film & Video Clips courtesy of

Autry Entertainment

BBC Worldwide Americas

Chertok Associates

CNN ImageSource

EMI/Capitol Records

Fred Waring’s America, Special Collections Library

Getty Images

Global ImageWorks


Historic Films Archive

Les Paul Archive

Lobster Films

MacDonald & Associates

National Academy of Recording Artists

Producers Library Service

Reelin’ in the Years Productions

Research Video

SabuCat Productions

SOFA Entertainment

Sony Pictures Studio Group

Streamline Films

T-Bolt Media

UCLA Film & Television Archive

Universal Media

Universal Studios Licensing

U.S. National Archives

WPA Film Library


Photographs Courtesy of

Autry National Center

Dave Booth

Capitol Records

Scott Childers

Frank Driggs

Fred Waring’s America Collection, Penn State University

Hit Parader

Kurt Lee Collection

Chris Lentz

Les Leverett

Les Paul Archive


Los Angeles Times

Gene Martin estate



New York Sunday Mirror

Mike Peebles

Photofest New York

Daniel Pokwinski

Radio Electronics

Rolling Stone

Dave Sichak

U.S. National Archives

William Gottlieb Jazz Collection, Library of Congress

Wisconsin Historical Society


Special Appreciation

Smithsonian Institution Lemelson Center

for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Art Molella, Director

Claudine Klose, Program Manager

Monica Smith, Project Coordinator


The Les Paul Trio

Lou Pallo, guitar

John Colianni, piano

Nicki Parrott, bass


Audio Engineering Society

Howell Begle

Rob Christie

Russ Cochran

Greg Corona

Kenneth Davis

Tommy Doyle

Glenn DuBose

Alan Eichler

Gerald Fabris

Stacey Freeman

Klara Foeller

Caroline Galloway

Ed Gottlieb

Paul Green

Pete Hammar

Tom Hollingsworth

Kathy Kane

Willy King

Chris Landowski

Hank Landsberg

Kurt Lee

Chris Lentz

Elliott Liggett

Eric Marlow

Frank Mull

Steve Mumma

Nancy Munoz

Nate Niceswanger

Neil Norman

Catherine Orentreich

Rini Paiva

Lou Pallo

Arlene Palmer

Russ Paul

Rob Peterson

Jimmy Peterson

Mike Peterson

Rocky Sclili

Jay Shefsky

Jim Spector

Ron & Irving Sturm

Dave Weiderman

Jennifer Wicks

Jenny Williams



A-OK Antiques, West Des Moines, IA (1950’s sets courtesy of Steve Mumma)

Atlantic Records, New York City

Capitol Records, Hollywood

Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, CA

Country Diner, Akron, OH

Country Music Hall of Fame (RCA Studio A), Nashville

Crowne Plaza Times Square, New York City

Dady-Ohs Restaurant, Waukesha, WI

EastSide Sound Studios, New York City

Edison Labs National Historic Site, Edison, NJ

Floral Manor, Oakland, NJ

Forest Lawn Cemetery, West Covina, CA

Genio’s Restaurant, Burbank, CA

Gibson Guitar, Nashville

Gibson Hit Factory, New York City

Guitar Center, Hollywood

Green Mill Club, Chicago

Gruhn Guitar, Nashville

House of Blues, Atlantic City

Iridium Jazz Club, New York City

Javits Convention Center, New York City

Les Paul Studios, Mahwah, NJ

Los Angeles International Airport

Master Phonics Studios, Nashville

National Inventors Hall of Fame, Akron, OH

National Songwriters Hall of Fame, Marriott Marquis, New York City

New 113 Club, South Side Chicago

Oakland Pizzeria, Oakland, NJ

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

School of Rock, Roseland Ballroom, New York City

Sam Goody/City Walk, Universal City, CA

Sapphire Club, Los Angeles

Society Restaurant, Harlem

Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum, Waukesha, WI

Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, MD

ZZZ Records, Des Moines



For American Masters


Series Office Manager

Ben Beshaw


Series Production Coordinator

Nicole London


Series Theme Music Composed by

Thomas Wagner


Series Title Design by

B.T. Whitehill


Music Services

John Adams & Rosie Fishel


Series Production Manager

Jane Buckwalter


Business Affairs

Arlen Appelbaum, Esq.


Series Publicist

Thirteen/WNET New York’s Communications Group


Supervising Producer

Julie Sacks


Series Producer

Prudence Glass


Executive Producer

Susan Lacy


Music: In Order of Appearance

“Crazy Rhythm”

Unreleased recording:  Les Paul and the Melody Kings (1935).


“How High the Moon”

Live:  Les Paul and his Trio.

Recording:  Les Paul & Mary Ford (1951).


“Let the Good Times Roll”

Live:  Jon Paris, vocal; Les Paul and his Trio.


“Ain’t That Good News”

Recording:  Les Paul & Friends; Sam Cooke, vocal, with Les Paul and Jeff Beck (2005).


“Dream Dust”

Recording:  Les Paul (1946).


“Get Your Kicks on Route 66”

Live:  Sonya Hensley, vocal; Les Paul and his Trio.


“Blue Moon”

Live:  Tommy Emmanuel, guitar; Les Paul and his Trio.


“Just Because”

Recording:  Rhubarb Red (Les Paul), harmonica & vocal (1937).


“Dark Town Strutters’ Ball”

Live:  John Colianni, piano; Les Paul and his Trio.


“Kim Marie”

Recording:  Karl Hartwich (1997).


“Clarinet Polka”

Recording:  Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (1941).



Recording:  Les Paul (1946).


“Hawaiian Paradise”

Recording:  Les Paul (1946).


“Steel Guitar Rag”

Recording:  Bob Wills & Texas Playboys (1936).


“You Can’t Take the Rattle Out of a Ford”

Film short:  Otto Gray & his Oklahoma Cowboys (1934).


“Chicago Rhythm”

Recording:  Earl Hines (1929).



Vintage montage:  DuPont Show of the Week (1961); Blossom Seeley,

vocal; Lil Hardin, piano.


“Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”

Feature film:  National Barn Dance (1944). 


“Everybody Stomp”

Recording:  Hoosier Hot Shots (1935).


“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing”

Film short:  Duke Ellington and his Orchestra (1932).


“Art’s Blues”

Feature film:  The Fabulous Dorseys; Art Tatum, piano (1946).



Short film:  Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli & the Hot Club of France (1938).


“Blue Room”

Unreleased recording:  Les Paul and the Melody Kings (1935).


“My Blue Heaven”

Unreleased recording:  Les Paul and the Melody Kings (1935).


“Begin the Beguine”

Live:  Les Paul and his Trio.



Feature film:  The Big Broadcast; Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1932).


“After You’ve Gone”

Recording:  Jimmy Atkins, vocal; Les Paul and his Trio (1939).


“Goodbye, Lover, Goodbye”

Short film:  Chesterfield Pleasure Time Broadcast; Jimmy Atkins, vocal,

and the Les Paul Trio; with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians (1940).


“Smoke Rings”

Short film:  Chesterfield Pleasure Time Broadcast; Fred Waring and the

Pennsylvanians (1940).



Radio recording:  Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians; Jimmy Atkins, vocal,

with the Les Paul Trio (1940).


“Old Man Blues”

Short film:  Duke Ellington Orchestra (1930).


“Shoo, Shoo, Baby”

Soundie:  Carolyn Gray and the Les Paul Trio (1944). 


“Back Home in Indiana”

Radio recording:  Les Paul Trio (1944).


“It’s Been a Long, Long Time”

Recording:  Bing Crosby and the Les Paul Trio (1945).


“Rumors Are Flying”

Recording:  Andrews Sisters and Les Paul; Vic Schoen Orchestra (1946).


“Get Your Kicks on Route 66”

Recording:  Nat King Cole Trio (1946).



Recording:  Les Paul (1948).



Recording:  Les Paul (1948).



Recording:  Les Paul (1950).


“You Are My Sunshine”

Feature film:  I’m from Arkansas; vocals, Jimmy Wakely and the Sunshine Girls (1944).


Recordings:  Les Paul & Mary Ford:

“Let’s Fall in Love” (recorded c. 1950; released 1991).

“Just One More Chance” (1951).

“Bye Bye Blues” (1952).

“Tiger Rag” (1952).

“Mocking Bird Hill” (1951).

“I Really Don’t Want to Know” (1954).

“The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” (1951).

“Vaya Con Dios” (1953).

“I’m Sitting On Top Of The World” (1953).



“Rock Around The Clock”

Recording:  Bill Haley & the Comets (1954).


“Shake, Rattle, and Roll”

Recording:  Elvis Presley (1956).


“Take Me In Your Arms and Hold Me”

Recording:  Les Paul & Mary Ford (1952).


“Deed I Do”


Recording:  Chester & Lester; Chet Atkins & Les Paul (1976).


“Every Day I Have the Blues”

Television:  B.B. King; Cinemax, Les Paul: The Man Who Changed the Music (1988).


“Peggy Sue”

Television:  The Ed Sullivan Show; Buddy Holly and the Crickets (1957).


“I Saw Her Standing There”

Television:  Drop-In TV Show; The Beatles (1963).


“You Can’t Take It With You Blues”

Live:  Steve Miller, vocal; Les Paul and his Trio.


“Alabamy Bound”

Television:  The Les Paul & Mary Ford Show (1955).


“Communication Breakdown”

Recording:  Led Zeppelin (1969).


“My Generation”

Feature documentary:  Monterey Pop; The Who (1968).


“Don’t Worry Baby”

Recording:  The Beach Boys (1964).


“Nature Boy”

Live:  Steve Miller, vocal; Les Paul and his Trio.


“Over the Rainbow”

Live:  Les Paul and his Trio.


“Sweet Georgia Brown”

Live:  Les Paul and his Trio.


“How High the Moon”

Solo Guitar: Les Paul



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