Take a journey through Buffalo Music History!
For a limited time, guests are invited to explore 71Picks! 71Picks will serve as the complementary “homegrown” exhibit for GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World. Buffalo Museum of Science staff partnered with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame to select and display items from the Hall of Fame Collection. 71Picks features a selection of guitars from Buffalonians whose mastery of the instrument has inspired our local music community for decades. Countless guitars and memorabilia items are now on display for guests to enjoy through May 7, 2017.
Most Recorded Guitar In History “Most Recorded Guitar In History” Fender Telecaster played by Tommy Tedesco, BMHOF Class of 1996, Collection of the Tedesco Family
Tommy Tedesco was one of the most successful session guitarists in music history. Not only is his guitar playing heard behind Frank Zappa, Cher, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra, he also played the TV show themes to Green Acres, M*A*S*H, and The Twilight Zone.
1953 Gibson SJ200 Guitar Played by Ramblin’ Lou Schriver, BMHoF Class of 1996, On loan from Joanie Marshall Schriver and Family Ramblin’ Lou Schriver was a WNY musical icon for almost 70 years. Fueled by his passion for Country Music, Ramblin’ Lou started his radio career in 1947. In 1970, Lou and his wife Joanie Marshall purchased WXRL and the classical Country station has been going strong for 46 years.
1960s Custom Double-Neck Gibson Guitar and Banjo Played by Joanie Marshall, BMHOF of 2016, On loan from Joanie Marshall Schriver and Family This one of a kind guitar and banjo has become a legend among guitar collectors. Joanie and her father had it custom-made by Gibson guitars in the late 1950s and it took almost 2 years to complete.
Ovation Guitar Played by Glenn Colton, BMHoF Class of 2009, From the collection of the BMHOF Colton’s high energy educational concerts for kids entertained thousands of Western New Yorkers. Beginning his career as a teacher, he combined educational messages to create his musical traveling classroom.
Epiphone Les Paul Guitar Played by Willie Nile, BMHOF Class of 2005, On loan from Willie Nile Buffalo born Willie Nile is a songwriter, musician and performer. He toured the U.S., opening for The Who. On a recent visit to Buffalo, he recalled one significant moment in his career… In December 1980, Willie was recording in a studio adjacent to John Lennon. Lennon ran out of guitar strings so Nile had someone take his extras to John. “I was going to put a note to John” recalled Nile “Then I thought, ah, too corny. I’ll tell him when I see him in person next.” “The last thing he played was my guitar strings” said Nile.
71Picks is included with Museum admission and FREE for BMS members. Not a Museum member? Become one today!