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To mark his passing on 20th April 2012, a compilation of many of Bert Weedon's best known recordings. In 1959 Weedon was the first British guitarist to have a hit record in the UK Singles Chart, `Guitar Boogie Shuffle'. His best-selling tutorial guides Play In A Day were a major influence on many leading British guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Brian May, George Harrison, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Jimmy Page.

1. Guitar Boogie Shuffle
2. Apache
3. Nashville Boogie
4. Big Beat Boogie
5. Twelve Street Rag
6. Sorry Robbie
7. Ginchy
8. Mr. Guitar
9. Lonely Guitar
10. China Doll
11. Theme from "A Summer Place"
12. King Size Guitar
13. Bongo Rock
14. Teenage Guitar
15. Bert's Boogie
16. Querida
17. Bye Bye Blackbird
18. Pretty Baby
19. Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)
20. Sweet Georgia Brown
21. Chicago
22. Carolina In The Morning
23. Elmer's Tune
24. The Varsity Drag
25. I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight
26. Red Guitar
27. Flannel Foot
28. Jolly Gigolo
29. Rippling Tango
30. Ghost Train

Tribute to Bert Weedon - BMG - Summer 2012

Herbert Maurice William 'Bert' Weedon, OBE
(10 May 1920 – 20 April 2012)

Bert Weedon, who enjoyed the epithet of ‘The Man who taught the world to play guitar’ was born in East Ham, London in 1920. At the age of twelve he persuaded his father to give him the fifteen shillings he needed to buy a beat up guitar from a market stall in Petticoat Lane and took it home wrapped in a brown paper bag.
He studied classical guitar under James Newell and made playing the guitar his life. He made simplifying the learning of how to play guitar his own personal mission. Hence his ‘Play in a Day’ guitar tutor which first appeared in 1957, and sold over one million copies.
Paul McCartney commented: “George and I went through the Bert Weedon books and learned D and A together”. According to Eric Clapton, “I wouldn’t have felt the urge to press on without the tips and encouragement Bert’s book gives you. I’ve never met a player of any consequence that doesn’t say the same thing”. Brian May stated: “There’s not a guitarist in Britain from my generation who doesn’t owe him a great debt of gratitude”.
He joined the BBC Show Band directed by Cyril Stapleton in the 1950s, when he began to be featured as a soloist. He also worked as a session musician on many early British rock and roll and other records for artists such as Adam Faith, Billy Fury and Tommy Steele, and worked as an accompanist to visiting American singers such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland and Nat King Cole.  It is estimated that he performed on over 5,000 BBC radio broadcasts. He was also seen frequently on British television in the 1950s, including some of the most popular children’s television programs.  He was never a 60’s ‘Pop Idol’ as such, but did top the album charts with his ‘20 Golden Guitar Greats’ LP which went gold and then platinum for sales of over a million.
Hits included ‘Guitar Boogie Shuffle’, ‘Nashville Boogie’, ‘Apache’, ‘Ginchy’, to mention just a few. His playing style focused on both rhythm and melody, he was greatly influenced by jazz guitarist Les Paul. He placed a lot of emphasis on control of tone, and wanted to make the guitar the star of his music. The style became best known through the music of ‘The Shadows’, especially Hank Marvin.
His advice to all guitarists, which I am sure he would like to be remembered for, was to practice hard and give everything you play all that you’ve got.

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