Influential guitarist Bert Weedon has died aged 91....
I have just seen on Ceefax, the news that guitar legend Bert Weedon has died aged 91. RIP Bert, you were a real gentlemen and inspiration to many budding gutarists.
A great shame but a good age.
R I P Bert.
never heard much of his work' bit before my Time.... but obviously a Big influence R.I.P.
Very sad news, he was very well known in the 50s and 60s. A big influence on many guitarists who learned to play through his "Play in a Day" book.
I remember Bert well from "5 O'Clock Club" when I was a kid. R.I.P. Bert!!
Bert Weedon was the man who inspired Hank Marvin who in turn inspired so many budding guitarists like Eric Clapton etc.
He was also used as a TV presenter on childrens TV in the 50's and 60's.
A couple of examples of his work: http://youtu.be/VtctpGkleLA
He even had a No 1 album in 1976 with his 20 Guitar Greats LP.
I can remember him appearing on " Jim'll Fix It " where he made a little boy's dreams come true by allowing him to spend a day with him his wife, he appeared to be a thoroughly decent genuine man.
Bert Weedon even had his own website when I first embarked on the Internet about 4 years ago. It was possible to engage in corespondence with him, but sadly he began to receive abusive comments from morons and was forced to give up.
RIP Bert, the harps will soon sound better than ever.
Last edited by paul kersey; 20-04-12 at 10:32 AM.
I’m saddened to hear of his passing – he seemed a very nice man judging from his many television appearances. He was possibly England’s first popular guitar hero and was in the right place at the right time to back many a budding pop artist of the 1950s and 1960s.
I recall reading one of the popular music publications in the sixties where he had been in conversation with Duane Eddy. When he asked Eddy how long he practised each day Bert was staggered to learn that Eddy did not practice much at all.
I have a recording of ‘Ginchy’ by The Ventures which was one of Bert’s compositions and recordings. They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
You were our ‘Guitar Man’. RIP.
A few years ago he and his friend Jim Marshall and their wives were in the front row at The Stables, for a Joe Brown gig I went to. (Marshall's car had the appropriate number plate AMP 1 !) They've now died within a couple of weeks of each other - but Bert, particularly, at a grand old age.
In the words of the Bonzos, "we all dig Bert Weedon"
Yes. I remember his 'Play In A Day' book. Please R.I.P. Bert.
Influential guitarist Bert Weedon dies
'Influential guitarist Bert Weedon, best known for creating the popular tutorial manual Play In A Day, has died aged 91.
Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May are among the stars who learned to play guitar from his books.
Born in east London, in May 1920, he had been ill for some time and died at his home in Beaconsfield, his friend John Adrian said.
He was awarded an OBE in the 2001 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to music.
Queen guitarist Brian May said: "He will be so sadly missed by all his friends because he is one of the most generous and giving people I have ever met in my life. He was always teaching people, privately and publicly. You know, he didn't have any secrets from anyone and he was so supportive to us all."
He added: "There's not a guitarist in Britain from my generation who doesn't owe him a great debt of gratitude."'
‘Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon, OBE (10 May 1920 – 20 April 2012) was an English guitarist and composer 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 musicians.’
He always seemed a lovely man in any interviews, and as has already been said so influential in the early days of skiffle and rock'n'roll.
This is the clip of the marvelous Bonzo's....
We Are Normal
Thanks Sgt, they don't make 'em like that any more.
Bert Weedon appearing on Jim'll Fix It, i can remember watching Bert on the 1990 episode of Jim'll Fix It.
R.I.P. Bert Weedon.