Bert Weedon, Play In A Day Author, Dies Aged 91 RIP – 1920-2012

The legendary English guitarist and author of the successful Play In A Day guitar tutorial book, Bert Weedon, has passed away at his home in Beaconsfield, UK aged 91.

His book, which has sold over two million copies and so often referred to as the beginner guitar players bible, was first published in 1957. Many famous guitarists who have gone on to become pioneers of the instrument themselves, including; The Beatles’ John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, as well other guitar gods such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Robert Smith and Pete Townshend, have sited the book as an influential learning tool.

Bert made it into the top 10 UK singles charts in 1959 with a cover of Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith’s song Guitar Boogie Shuffle.

Bert Weedon – Guitar Boogie Shuffle [Live 1982]

Guitar Techniques Magazine editor Neville Marten posted on his Facebook:

“Very sad to hear about the death of British guitar legend Bert Weedon. Not only one of the busiest players of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s he was perhaps the single most famous guitar teacher ever, with his book Play In A Day. 

I got to know Bert and even work with him – I watched him steal a show from a very famous artist using stagecraft and not a little sleight of hand!

He and Jim Marshall were best friends too, so to lose them both so close together doubles the poignancy.

Our best to his family and friends.” – Neville Marten

Se selection of news stories covering the passing of Bert Weedon:

Music Radar
BBC News
The Guardian
The Telegraph
Mail Online

About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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