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Bert Weedon – Guitar Boogie man shuffles off

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Bert Weedon, an unlikely looking guitar hero, has died aged 91.

Famous for his 1957 “Play in a Day” book, he was ahead of his time writing an instruction book for would-be guitarists at the start of the guitar craze.

This was long before the availability of cheap playable guitars and DVD and Youtube instruction videos. Still in print and available from on-line book-sellers. Now priced at £9.99 it originally sold for 5 shillings ie 25p.

Weedon was a regular performer on TV and radio and backed not only home-grown pop stars, such as Adam Faith, Billy Fury and Tommy Steele, but visiting American artists including Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole.

He was the first guitarist to have a top twenty hit when Guitar Boogie Shuffle charted in 1959 but he turned down Apache, written by Jerry Lordan, which was a big hit for the Shadows…

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