Guitarist Bert Weedon, who played with stars including Frank
Sinatra and inspired millions to pick up the instrument with his
Play In A Day books, has died at the age of 91.
The musician had "been poorly" for a while and died at home in
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, on Friday morning, his friend John
Adrian has confirmed.
Weedon began learning the guitar at twelve. The first British
guitarist in the UK Singles Chart, with "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" in
1959, he was an influence on many stars, including Eric Clapton,
Brian May, Mike Oldfield, The Shadows and The Beatles. It is well
documented that Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May all
learned from Bert's books.
As well as his hits and TV appearances at a crucial time in
modern British music history, his best-known contribution to
British guitar style is his tutorial guide 'Play in a Day', which
many stars claim was a major influence on their learning and
His playing style focused on both rhythm and melody, and was
itself influenced by the jazz guitarists of the 1950s, notably Les
Paul. Weedon placed a lot of emphasis on control of tone, and
wanted to make the guitar the star of his music