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[#1 for 11 weeks 1953]
Written by Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper
"Vaya con Dios" (translated as "Go with God") is a popular song written by Larry Russell, Inez James, and Buddy Pepper, and published in 1953. 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. 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 nine weeks. The song also reached number one on the Cash Box chart.
Les Paul and Mary Ford were a popular 1950s husband-and-wife/group musical team in which Les Paul played the guitar and Mary Ford sang. In 1951 alone, they sold six million records. The couple were introduced to each other by Gene Autry in 1946 and were married in 1949.
They first appeared in the pop charts in 1950. Between the years 1950 and 1954, Les Paul and Mary Ford had 16 top-ten hits. They had five top-ten hits within nine months. "Tennessee Waltz", "Mockin' Bird Hill", "How High the Moon" (#1 for nine weeks), "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" and "Whispering". From August 1952 to March 1953 they had five more top-ten hits; "My Baby's Coming Home", "Lady of Spain", "Bye Bye Blues", "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" and "Vaya Con Dios" (#1 for 11 weeks). In 2009, they were inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. The duo have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.