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article imageGuitar legend Bert Weedon goes to the great gig in the sky

By Alexander Baron     Apr 20, 2012 in Entertainment
Beaconsfield - Bert Weedon has died at the age of 91. If the name isn't familiar to you, ask Hank Marvin, Eric Clapton or even Brian May who he was.
There are some names that don't necessarily leap off the page for the casual browser. Most native English speakers will have heard the song White Christmas, but how many can put the name Irving Berlin to it? Likewise, there are some names in the history of the electric guitar that are not as well known as they should be. Everyone has heard of Hendrix - who is usually known by just his surname - but the far more influential Chuck Berry doesn't generate such instant recognition. Ever heard of Les Paul? He was as responsible as any man for developing the modern instrument, and for the invention of multi-tracking which was first used on songs like Mockin' Bird Hill.
Bert Weedon was born at East Ham in London's East End in 1920, around 6 miles from Stepney, where Andy Powell of the legendary Wishbone Ash was born thirty years later. Although he worked with big bands, he never joined a rock 'n' roll band, but had a successful solo career. He also worked as a session man, wrote a fair amount of music, and most famously produced his Play In A Day tutorial.
The title is obviously a bit optimistic, but with Bert as a tutor, you couldn't go wrong. He can of course be found all over YouTube, and his own official website will surely continue to be maintained.
Bert did a fair amount of television work, including the Tuesday Rendezvous children's programme between 1961 and 1963 - for those who are old enough to remember it! Earlier, in 1959, he became the first British guitarist to enter the UK singles chart, with Guitar Boogie Shuffle.
Bert Weedon was an amiable bloke, and probably did as much work for charity as he did for himself, something that was finally recognised when he was awarded the OBE in 2001.
Herbert Maurice William Weedon, born East Ham, May 10, 1920, died Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, April 20, 2012, aged 91.
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