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I believe that Patti Page was the first to ever overdub her own voice. It was during a strike at her record company, and there were no available backing vocalists to do harmonies, so she recorded her own harmony. Mitch Miller was the recording engineer.

I think Connie Francis also overdubbed her own harmonies. (I'm a fan of both of these wonderful singers)


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Right on, Keith.

A lot of people credit Les Paul and Mary ford with initiating the vocal overdub, and they did a lot of it, but it was really Patti Page that did the first vocal overdub -- Les Paul had already done guitars.

Not to take away from Mary Ford -- she was great too.

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The very first overdubbed recording was done by Sidney Bichet, the legendary soprano saxophonist.

He had all the parts arranged in his head, played all instruments and sang one after the other using the ping pong method, in which you cannot make a single mistake or you have to start over again from the beginning.

This was before any of the aforementioned people were born, I think, or at least they couldn't have been much more'n knee high to a grasshopper at the time.


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