Bert Weedon guitar legend dies - Londoner inspired Eric Clapton and Hank Marvin
Influential 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, who was brought up in East Ham, had “been poorly” for a while and died at home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, this morning, his friend John Adrian said today.
Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May are among the stars who learned to play guitar from his books.
Weedon was born in east London and bought his first guitar in Petticoat Lane market when he was 12.
The man who became known as Mr Guitar started out playing with big bands including the hugely popular Ted Heath band, before starting on a solo career which saw him sell millions of records and notch up hits including Guitar Boogie Shuffle and Nashville Boogie.
You may also want to watch:
The arrival of rock ‘n’ roll ended his run of hit singles, but provided him with a new role as an in-demand session man who played with stars including Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and Billy Fury.
His first Play In A Day book was published in 1957 and the books have sold in their millions.
- 1 Jailed man caught with knife in Stratford to be handed court order
- 2 Cause of death remains unknown after body found in disused Forest Gate pub
- 3 Thames Barrier closing for 200th time amid potential east London flooding
- 4 Man given community order for 26 counts of criminal damage after scratching name into property
- 5 Forest Gate triple shooting: 'Safety is everybody's business,' councillor says
- 6 Body found in derelict pub in Forest Gate
- 7 'Cheating surge': Dating site reveals how many people are having affairs in your area
- 8 Worshippers at mosque in Upton Park aim to raise £35k for Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2021
- 9 Newham mathematician to fill in for Countdown presenter and expectant mum Rachel Riley
- 10 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
DJ Mike Read said Weedon was “one of the first English guitarists” and played on some of the earliest UK rock ‘n’ roll records.
He said: “The big thing was Play In A Day. His books inspired everyone from Hank Marvin to Eric Clapton.
“Of course you couldn’t really play in a day, but it gave you an idea.
“Bert didn’t have his first hit until he was in his 40s so he had paid his dues but he was too late to be one of those guitarist heartthrobs.
“But when guys like Tommy Steele wanted a guitarist on their records it was Bert that they wanted.”