Guitar Veteran Bert Weedon Dies At Age 91

April 22, 2012

Guitarist Bert Weedon, who inspired the likes of Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May with his Play In A Day books, has died at the age of 91.

Weedon passed away at his home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, this morning (April 20).

Weedon – known as ‘Mr Guitar’ – started out playing with big bands, including the popular Ted Heath Band, before embarking on a solo career. He scored numerous hits including Guitar Boogie Shuffle and Nashville Boogie.

During the rock’n’roll era Weedon became an in-demand session musician, playing with stars including Cliff Richard, Adam Faith, Billy Fury, Tommy Steele and Marty Wilde.

Weedon’s first Play In A Day was published in 1957 and the books have sold in their millions.

Eric Clapton paid tribute by thanking Weedon “for all those tips on guitar playing that I got from your book when I was young”.

Queen’s Brian May called Weedon a “legend” and thanked him for “spreading the guitar and your enthusiasm to all of us”.

A message on behalf of Marshall Amplifiers, whose founder Jim Marshall died earlier this month, said: “Very sad day today as we say goodbye to Jim’s close friend Bert Weedon. We take comfort in knowing two such good friends are reunited again.”

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