Friday, April 20, 2012

Britain's 'Mr Guitar' dies

A final Vinyl Word for Britain's influential 'Mr Guitar' Bert Weedon, who has died aged 91. He made numerous instrumental records from 1956 onwards and had success with Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Nashville Boogie, Sorry Robbie and Ginchy among others, but it was his seminal work 'Play In A Day' for which he will be best remembered. As an instructional text book on learning to play the guitar it had a major influence on numerous musicians - from The Shadows to The Beatles, Eric Clapton and Brian May. By the mid 60s Bert's music sounded rather square, but his influence in the early days of British rock and roll cannot be overestimated. Here's the self-penned Ginchy on YouTube


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