On April 20, 2012 Bert Weedon has passed away. Weedon was a very influetial guitarist in Great Britain, his instructional book Play in a Day has served many important guitarists including Paul McCarney and Eric Clapton to learn to play their instrument.
Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon, OBE (10 May 1920 – 20 April 2012) was an English guitarist whose style of guitar playing was popular and influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart, in 1959, and his best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many leading British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for his “services to music”.
Bert Weedons sound was very special, and who grew up during the 60s like me will certainly know some of his recordings. I liked to hear again his tunes Albatross and Apache.
In the following video you find some information about Play in a Day:
BERT WEEDON – Mr PLAY IN A DAY
Bert Weedon recounts the tremendous succes of his guitar playing textbook : ” Play in a Day “.
BERT WEEDON – ALBATROSS.
BERT WEEDON – APACHE.
New York Times: Bert Weedon, Guitar Teacher to a Generation, Dies at 91:
Wikipedia about Bert Weedon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bert_Weedon
Amazon Partnerlink: Bert Weedon’s Play in a Day: Guide To Modern Guitar Playing