|Bert Weedon OBE|
An English guitarist and composer whose style of guitar playing was popular & influential during the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Burgess Road, East Ham, Essex, now Greater London.
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.
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 playing.
Weedon has played with all the top line artists from Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett to name just a few.
The later 1960s generation of underground rock performers satirised him as too mainstream, the Bonzo Dog Band singing the line "We are normal and we dig Bert Weedon" in 1968.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001 for his services to entertainment and charities.
His playing style is best known nowadays through the music of The Shadows, especially Hank Marvin.
His playing style focuses on both rhythm and melody, and is itself influenced by the jazz guitarists of the 1950s, notably Les Paul.
Sadly Bert Weedon died at his home in Beaconsfield, West of London. Aged 91.