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RIP Bert Weedon


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He was an all-round 'Good-Guy'.

 

Here are a couple of bits from Farns' link;

 

"He became the first British guitarist in the UK Singles Chart with "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" in 1959 and was cited as an influence by many stars, including Eric Clapton, Brian May, Mike Oldfield, The Shadows and The Beatles.

 

His playing style focussed on both rhythm and melody, and was itself influenced by the jazz guitarists of the 1950s, notably Les Paul.

 

A Water Rat, he was highly active in charity work and fundraising, especially for children and the disabled, and was elected King Rat in 1992. He was appointed OBE in 2001 for his services to entertainment and charities."

 

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For the American members, Burt Weedon was a UK session guitarist who played a lot in the very early stages of British Rock'n'Roll His fame in the the UK stems not only from his early rock 'n' roll records, but from his series of instruction books on guitar playing, " Burt Weedon's 'Play in a Day.'" Many of the first wave of britsh guitarists, including Jimmy Page, credit those books with staring their career. Rather like another famous early British guitarist, Hank Marvin of the Shadows, he's not much known outside the UK.

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RIP! Considering Page credits Play In A Day, good ol' Bert is buying a Stairway To Heaven....Ah, good times, bad times!

 

I also knew that he was Hofner's main player back in the late 50s/early 60s. I know he "promoted" the Hofner Statesman guitars.

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