Guitarist Lou Pallo, “the man of a million chords” who anchored the Les Paul Trio for nearly three decades, died Wednesday. He was 86.
Pallo and his recording contemporaries got their nickname from Les Paul, who often staged late-night recording sessions from his home in Mahwah, New Jersey, the website reported.
Pallo played rhythm guitar in the Les Paul Trio from the 1980s through the 2000s and also played lead on guitar and mandolin, NorthJersey reported.
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones called Pallo “the man of a million chords.”
“He could find a chord for every note you were singing,” Richards said. “It always fascinates me.”
Other musicians called Pallo “the man of a million inversions,” NorthJersey.com reported.
Pallo anchored the Les Paul Trio, and Paul even sat in on many of the sessions. Bassist Gary Mazzaroppi said Pallo was “a master.”
“We never really rehearsed,” Mazzaroppi told NorthJersey.com. “Les wouldn’t tell you what he was going to play. He wouldn’t tell you what key he was playing in. We would just start playing. Lou had no problem with that whatsoever.”
After Paul’s death in 2009, Pallo remained active, recording a Jersey Guitar Mafia album with Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Al Caiola, North Jersey.com reported. He also anchored a “Thank-You, Les” tribute album, recording with Richards, Steve Miller and Slash.
The Les Paul Foundation paid tribute to Pallo on its website.
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