The Ampex tape recorder was pivotal to Les Paul’s development of “sound on sound” recording technique. Les added a second recording head to the machine, which he received from Bing Crosby. It wasn’t long before Les expanded his concept and built the first eight-track tape recorder, which also is on display at the museum.
Three New Jersey guitarists recently visited the newly expanded “Les Paul in Mahwah” exhibit at the Mahwah Museum. Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub and Lou Pallo viewed Les’ famous Ampex tape recorder and other equipment, which are on loan from the Les Paul Foundation.
Lou Pallo was the rhythm guitarist with Les’ trio for decades. Lou continues to perform with The Les Paul Trio and recently released the DVD “Thank You, Les” in honor of his long-time friend. Bucky Pizzarelli began playing with Les after meeting him in a local club in the 1960s. They became close friends and often played together professionally. Jazz guitarist Ed Laub has been performing with his friend and mentor, Bucky, for the past 12 years. All three have been instrumental in planning and will be performing at the Mahwah Museum’s Les Paul celebration in June 2015.
Left to right: Ed Laub; Bucky Pizzarelli; Mike Kupfer, Les Paul Chair for the Mahwah Museum; Charles Carreras, Museum President; Lou Pallo
The Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. www.mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.